London: Secker and Warburg, 1969. First UK Edition, preceding all others. INSCRIBED by the author on the front endpaper in 1974: "To Raymond, / Have a free look in hope of a good write-up / We welcome all criticism if it's favorable / Gordon / Dryden Chambers / 1st Nov '74."
Basis for Sam Peckinpah's violent 1971 film classic, Straw Dogs, starring Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, and a bunch of kill-crazy Devon townies, considered by many to be his finest directorial effort in a career that included many important films.
Fine and unread in a Fine dust jacket. A pristine copy.