New York: Simon and Schuster, 1957.
Hardcover. First edition. Pages browned, as always, else near fine in a very good dustwrapper with a couple of small nicks and tears. Inscribed by the author: "For Tom and Juanita. Best always, Howard." The recipient was Thomas Wakefield Blackburn, an author of western novels, and a writer for both film and television (*Sugarfoot*, *Maverick*, *The Virginian*, *Daniel Boone*, and *Davy Crockett* among others). Hardboiled detective Paul Pine is called upon to save an old lady from a blackmailer. Fourth and final Paul Pine mystery written by the author using his real name (he wrote three other Pine mysteries as John Evans) and considered by many to be in a class with Raymond Chandler's later works. Very scarce signed.