First printing. The author's mystery introducing Sheriff Joe Bain of Rodrigo County, California (a fictional small rural county near Oakland where Vance lived.) Although Vance is best known for his science fiction (he had already won a Hugo Award when this book was published), he is also an award-winning mystery writer too - his first mystery, The Man in the Cage won an Edgar. 219 pp. Jacket design by Ben Feder. Very near fine in a very good dustjacket (several short closed edgetears to the dj - dj now protected by an archival cover, of course) .
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