New York: Delacorte Press, 1982. First edition. Hardcover. First printing. The first book V.I. Warshawski mystery. A near fine copy in an about very good dust jacket that has a number of small edge tears and edge chips and minor wear. Signed and inscribed on the front free endpaper: 20 January 1982 -Dear Mary, I can't think of a lot of people I respect as much as you. You've got the guts to make what you want out of your life. I hope good fortune smiles on you. Love Sara." The recipient was someone with whom Paretsky worked with prior to writing her first book. An early and very personal inscription on this important debut.