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Arthur William Upfield was born in Gosport, Hants. Migrating to Australia at 19, he drifted into the vast interior of the Fifth Continent and obtained work on sheep and cattle stations, with holiday periods spent on gold prospecting and opal gouging.
For three years he patrolled a 200-mile section of the great 1,100 mile long rabbit-and dogproof fence crossing Western Australia, employing a heavy, covered dray drawn by camels, and during these years he published in London three straight novels and a mystery story based on the perfect murder.
The Sands of Windee, a best-seller in both Great Britain and Australia, launched Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte on the sea to international recognition. Bonaparte...Bony, to his friends... who has his genesis in a university-educated half-caste aboriginal from whom Upfield learned much bushcraft enabling him to employ clues far removed from blood-stained knives and well-fingered pistols, has recently finalised his fifteenth homicide case.
Upfield lived a few miles from Melbourne at the time of the publication of No Footprints in the Bush in 1949, but between books used to return to the UK in search of fresh material. He had two hates: formal dress and polite conversation; and also one great passion: angling for swordfish and man-eating sharks.
[taken from the back of No Footprints in the Bush, Penguin Books, 1949]
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First published in 1944 for The Crime Club by Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall, 213pp, No ISBN
Published in 1949 in Great Britain by Penguin as part of their Penguin Crime series (Penguin 1st Edition)
Storyline: He was called Napoleon Bonaparte, though it was his friends and not his enemies who nicknamed him Bony. But like his famous namesake, he was a brilliant and painstaking man who laid his plans with precision and an almost unerring instinct for knowing what the other man would try to do. It was this quality that had gained him the position of Detective Inspector in the South Australian Police Department. When reports of strange happenings in the Land of the Burning Water came through, he was chosen to investigate because of his capacity for detection and knowledge of the bush. Bony was ordered to make contact with Sgt. Errey, but he's been murdered, bombed from the air in the outback...