Harry Vernor Dixon was born in 1908 and sadly
that's all we know, if you can improve this situation please do contact us.
The Gold Medal publications are paperback first editions and in all
cases the American edition precedes the English editions. All known UK
editions listed in the British Library are listed. There are some other
titles though published in America but they appear to be in the romantic
genre and possibly science fiction - these are omitted due to the nature
of this site. Please Note: when two or more titles were published in the
same year we cannot guarantee the chronology at present.
Synopsis of Something for Nothing
"Something for Nothing has a good deal of the quality that made Double Indemnity so satisfying,' said the New Yorker when this book appeared in America. Certainly it is a long time since an author brought so much speed, suspense and sheer excitement to a first novel.
Gil Devon was as flashy and as handsome as his extremely expensive car. But the polish of his manner, which made him so attractive to women, was rather less enduring than chromium-plate. Belle found this out soon after their first meeting, but not quite soon enough—plump, eager Belle who, thanks to a little blackmail and her appreciation of the blackmailer, had put herself and her vanished husband's estate at Gil's disposal.
Gil was on to a good thing, or so it seemed until he ran into someone as ruthless as himself. For the sake of Joan, rich, fashionable and stopping at nothing to get her desires, Gil took a chance against which his gambler's instinct should have warned him. Particularly when always in his mind was the ghastly knowledge of what lay under the water, down by the cliff where he first met Belle.