Palo Alto, CA: Kodansha International Ltd. (1970), 1970. First edition thus. Hardcover. 8vo. , 7-159,  pp. Bound in grey cloth with gold lettering on the spine. Price of $5.95 on front flap of jacket. Translated by Makiko Yamamoto and Paul C. Blum. The first printing of the first edition in English. Matsumoto is one of the most important 20th-century writers of Japanese mystery and crime fiction. Hubin 562. A very attractive copy of the author's highly-regarded detective novel, uncommon. Near Fine / very near Fine. Item #00008060
A Near Fine book with a few areas of minor discoloration to the cloth in a very near Fine dust jacket.