Publication: Lancer Books, 1969, New York
First edition. Author's first novel. Interesting association copy, inscribed “For Hans–Who plays a small part in these proceedings! All best wishes, Ed Hoch.” This copy belonged to the famed editor Hans Stefan Santesson. PBO. Lancer 74-525. Lavender page-end dye is bright and a near fine, square copy in pictorial wrappers. This is the only edition of this ingenious thriller, by one of Alfred Hitchcock's great favorites, about a murder at the Mystery Writers of America Annual Edgar Awards dinner with many of America's top mystery authors in attendance. Touted by 1001 Midnights.
Inventory Number: 44242