New York: Macmillan, 1970. First Edition. Copy from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM] library, with two of their rubber stamps on the front endpaper at the bottom center, one that reads "FILE COPY," overstamped by another that reads "VAULT COPY," at the top center. Also on the front endpaper is a holograph notation of "#10"at the top right, and a tiny date stamp of "Nov 5 '70" at the top left. The studio rubber stamp appears once more in the text, at the bottom margin of page 23.
Kept on file by MGM for use in the making of the popular and influential 1971 film starring Richard Roundtree. The film was followed by several sequels, a television series, and a 2000 movie remake starring Samuel Jackson.
Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket.