New York: Hillman Periodicals, 1949. First Paperback Edition. Thompson's third novel, centered around a murderous plot by a small-town theater owner, his wife, and his lover. The Hillman edition precedes the more common Dell paperback by several years. Item #2289
Preceded by the hardcover first published by Harper & Brothers the same year. Octavo (16cm); illustrated wrappers; magenta edge-staining; 192pp. Vertical creasing to spine, pinpoint wear to extremities, with tanning to text edges and a few faint stress creases; Very Good+.