New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1965. First Edition. First novel featuring Ball's African American homicide detective Virgil Tibbs, who finds himself immersed in racial conflict after a murder takes place in a small Southern town. Winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1966, and basis for Norman Jewison's Oscar-winning film adaptation, starring Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier. Hubin, p.21; Pronzini & Muller, p.38. Item #3839
First Printing. Octavo (21cm); light gray paper and black cloth-covered boards, with titles stamped in silver on spine; dustjacket; [viii],184pp. Hint of sunning and some trivial wear to upper board edges, else Near Fine, and clean throughout. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $3.50), with some pinpoint wear to base of spine, four closed tears, and a tiny spot of laminate lift at upper left corner of front panel; Near Fine.