1903 1st edition; "The illustrations by Thomas Mitchell Pierce"; The Bobbs-Merrill Company publishers, Indianapolis; hardbound in grey/green boards with decorative cover and gilt lettering on cover and spine (spine has fading - see pic); good condition with no markings; no dust jacket.
1903. MacGrath, a prolific writer, wrote for newspapers until 1890 when he published his first novel Arms and the Woman.
The Grey Cloak begins: A man enveloped in a handsome grey cloak groped through a dark alley which led into the fashionable district of the Rue de Bethisy. From time to time he paused, with a hand to his ear, as if listening. Satisfied that the alley was deserted save for his own presence, he would proceed, hugging the walls. The cobbles were ice, and scarce a moment passed in which he did not have to struggle to maintain his balance. The door of a low tavern opened suddenly, sending a golden shaft of light across the glistening pavement and casting a brilliant patch on the opposite wall. With the light came sounds of laughter and quarreling and ringing glasses. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.