New York: Farrar Straus Giroux (FSG), 1969. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author to fellow writer Kenneth Millar (best known under his pen name, Ross Macdonald): "To Ken Millar / With much appreciation for your response to the book. Good wishes, many thanks / Leonard Gardner." Millar's blurb appears (under the Macdonald name) on the rear flap, and reads: "In his pity and art Gardner moves beyond race, beyond guilt and punishment, as Twain and Melville did, into a tragic forgiveness. I have seldom read a novel as beautiful and individual as this one."
Fine in a lightly spine-faded, else Fine dust jacket. The author's first novel, basis for director John Huston's critically-acclaimed 1972 film starring Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrell and Candy Clark.