First edition with no statement of edition as was Putnam's practice prior to1985. Appears unread, unclipped with $4.95 price intact and not remaindered. Bright clean black-ink titles to spine with "Red Mask Mystery" logo to front board. Boards are slightly bowed. Moisture stain to the top edge of the text block towards the back of the book. Dustjacket has two short tears to the head of spine with light crease to the top edge of rear panel and one short tear to the top edge of the front panel, moderately rubbed to flap fore-edge's, some shelf wear to show. Titles, to spine and front panel, are bright red and unfaded. Now protected in brodart jacket. The author's second and somewhat scarce, mystery novel and before he was known as Martin Cruz Smith.