Publication: The Armchair Detective Library, 1990, New York
First U.S. hardcover edition after the PBO published in 1956 by Simon & Schuster. Author's third 87th Precinct novel. One of 100 copies that has been numbered and signed by the author. This is copy # 28. Contains a new afterword by McBain. As new in decorated cloth without dust jacket as issued and housed in a matching cloth slipcase. A young boy is found dead with a rope around his neck. At his feet is a hypodermic needle that has fingerprints on it. The problem is, the fingerprints aren't those of the victim. The medical examiner determines the cause of death as an overdose of heroin. Why didn't the killer try harder to make the boy's death look like a real suicide?
Inventory Number: 47273