First edition. Signed by Gibbons to the half-title page. The book is firmly and squarely bound in clean blue cloth lettered in bright silver to the spine, the extremities are slightly bumped and rubbed. The text block is toned with minor foxing and a bookplate tipped onto the front endpaper. The dust jacket is the original and not price clipped, it is slightly toned and marked, with minor nicks and closed tears to the edges, the spine has faded or sunned. An unusual departure for Gibbons; a transatlantic love story involving a boy who becomes entangled with depression era gangsters and a poor girl turned successful novelist, but there are some typically sharp touches, the boy at one point critiquing a crime thriller that the girl has written as being unrealistic, silly and guilty of glamourising criminals. Quite uncommon as a jacketed first edition and signed copies are rare.