New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963. First Edition. A distinguished copy of Coxe's fiftieth novel, a story of murder, indiscretion, and blackmail set in Trinidad. Inscribed to fellow crime fiction author Frederick Lewis Nebel (1903-1967), who, like Coxe, was one of Joseph T. Shaw's "Black Mask Boys." Their combined prodigious output of hard-boiled fiction spanned more than five decades. Hubin, p.96. Item #4841
First Printing. Octavo (21.75cm); black cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in gilt and in blind on spine and front cover; yellow-orange topstain; dustjacket; [viii],,4-182,pp. Warmly inscribed by the author to Frederick Nebel on the front endpaper: "Dear Fred - Certainly not the best one but the 50th nevertheless. Thanks again for your good advice nearly 30 years ago. Best always, George / Old Lyme, 9/16/63." Some production creasing to cloth on rear cover, else Near Fine. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $3.95), lightly edgeworn, with a few faint creases at mid-spine and rear panel; Very Good+. Housed in a custom slipcase and cloth chemise, with maroon leather spine labels.