New York: Lion No. 99, 1952. First Edition, a paperback original. Very Good plus condition, tight and square, with a couple of very faint vertical creases (paper not broken) on the front and rear panel, and a touch of wrinkle to the spine. A superior copy of Jim Thompson's signature book, justly famous and replete with all of his favorite themes: multiple homicides, marginalized female characters, and a murderous anti-hero who doesn't know why he is killing but keeps doing it anyway. A high spot of twentieth century hard-boiled crime fiction at its mid-century apex.