First edition. The book is firmly bound in clean black cloth with slightly rubbed yellow lettering to the spine, the corners and spine ends are slightly bumped and rubbed. The text block is slightly toned and foxed with a neatly written inscription to the front endpaper. The dust jacket is the original and not price clipped, it is slightly toned and grubby with an area of surface loss to the paper at the bottom of the spine and some minor nicks and short closed tears to the edges. Quite an uncommon crime title, set in the near future, with political elements, the defendant being a communist and the victim a fascist.