New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. First Edition. Whitfield's first hard-boiled novel, portions of which were first serialized in the pages of Black Mask between December 1929 and April 1930. "The plot is convoluted to the extreme: At least twelve characters are killed trying to locate five fabulous missing emeralds, the "green ice" of the title, each worth $50,000; all the mobsters, molls, and cops (crooked and otherwise) Ourney meets are after the stones; and all of them - even the good cops - are willing to kill for them" (Pronzini & Muller, p.840). Hubin, p.425. Item #4133
First Printing. Octavo (cm); pale green cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in maroon and dark blue on spine and front cover; maroon topstain; [viii],282,pp. Cloth irregularly faded (as is common with this title), with a few faint foxed spots, and a hint of a forward lean; Very Good+.