Publication: Alfred A Knopf, 1953, New York
First edition. Very good in dust jacket with a closed tear to top edge of front cover and a few chips and tears to the front and rear internal flaps. Four year old Jamie Johnson, the son of one of the community's richest men, has been kidnapped. The kidnapping soon leads to four murders. Probation Officer Howard Cross suddenly finds himself at the center of the investigation, digging deep into the Los Angeles underworld, finding along the way a beautiful, lost adolescent mourning a dead lover, a suitcase hidden under an aging sadist's bed, and a slovenly gentleman with an ice pick in his neck.
Inventory Number: 26325