First U. K. edition and.the first hardcover edition of the first Matt Scudder novel. Originally published by Dell as a paperback original in 1976 and a U. S. hardcover edition was not published until 1992. Signed on the title page by the author. Hale was essentially a publisher for libraries that customarily printed 1,000 copies, virtually all of which were distributed to libraries. This is a fine, tight, unread copy in a fine, fresh dust jacket that has been very lightly bumped on the spine.. A very rare book in any condition but exceptionally so in this nearly as-new condition.
Inventory Number: 42444