There are good crime stories--and there are bad crime stories. While the bad are always in plentiful supply, the good are like proverbial needles in the haystack. The CRIME CLUB exists to help you find them; by making a preliminary selection, it sifts the good from the indifferent, and publishes only the best.
In the course of 25 years the CRIME CLUB has maintained a high standard and its imprint has become the hallmark of a good crime novel. It publishes for the connoisseur.
With the exception of Detour, which I recall as pretty mediocre, these are some of the better Burton titles from the 1950s. In truth, a number of the Burtons from the 1950s fall flat, but we must remember that John Street by the mid-1950s had published over 100 crime novels, so this is not entirely unexpected, despite the proclamation of the Collins ad. But Street had a loyal following and, unlike so many British classic mystery writers from the Golden Age, he was still prolifically turning out traditional detection for its fans.