London: Peter Owen, 1969. First Edition. Well-preserved, distinguished copy of the author's second and scarcest book. Set in rural Tennessee, the novel is centered around two families living in a bleak and sparsely-populated town, who quarrel over a plot of land that separates their farms. "The feud erupts into violence when a girl is kidnapped. Minor provocation leads to acts of planned savagery, rape and mass murder" (from front flap). The book was published in the UK by Peter Owen when Grafton was only 29 years old, and remains the only one of Grafton's books with no American equivalent. Basis for the 1973 film produced by M.G.M. titled Lolly-Madonna XXX, starring Jeff Bridges, Rod Steiger, and Robert Ryan. Item #3156
First Impression. Octavo (19cm); orange paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; ,5-189,pp. Signed by the author on the title page. Vault copy formerly retained by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Library in Culver City, California, bearing their rubber-stamped markings on front pastedown and endpaper. Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket, unclipped (priced 35s / 1.75 net), with some light rubbing to joints and extremities.