New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, (1947).
First edition. Offsetting on front endpapers, pages lightly age-toned, spine and cover edges a bit darker, else very good in a fair only dustwrapper with front panel detached from spine, lacking bottom half of spine, chipped edges. Signed by the author on the front fly. The author's first book. Humphrey Bogart financed and starred in the hard-hitting film noir adaptation by Nicholas Ray, in which he played an attorney trying to keep a young, embittered criminal (played by John Derek in his debut) from the electric chair. Dooley Wilson (Sam of Casablanca) also had a small role as a piano player, his only re-teaming with Bogart. At his death Motley, a Chicago native whose fiction was often race-blind, was considered one of the leading African-American novelists of his time.