Inscribed first edition of this political mystery-thriller, following journalist John Cotton's efforts to bring corruption to light – Tony Hillerman's second book.
Near fine in like dust jacket.
"I think Mac was after a story somebody didn't want printed. Whoever it involved killed him."
"Tony Hillerman knows what he's writing about because he is a fly on the wall," noted the LAWTON CONSTITUTION AND MORNING PRESS – indeed, he was THEIR fly on the wall for a number of years in the 1940s as a political editor (48). Best known for his Leaphorn and Chee mystery/thriller series, Hillerman used his intimate knowledge of journalism to craft a suspenseful ride through the intrigues of an unnamed capitol city, in which newspaper man John Cotton is party to a "political chess game in which murder becomes a play" (jacket).
Read more: "Former Lawton Editor Writes Absorbing Mystery," The Lawton Constitution and Morning Press, 3 October 1971.
New York, Evanston, San Francisco, London: Harper & Row, (1971). 8.25'' x 5.5''. Original quarter blue cloth binding with blue boards, blue and white lettering to spine. Original unclipped ($5.95) color pictorial dust jacket designed by Paul Spina. Fore-edge machine-deckle. Blue typographic endpapers. 212 pages. Inscribed by Hillerman to first blank. Jacket with mild wear to spine ends, spine with light sunning. Binding corners and spine ends a touch bumped. Sharp and bright.
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