New York: William Morrow and Company, 1981. Hardcover. Small 4to. Cream cloth spine with gilt lettering and blue paper over boards, dust jacket. 299pp. Near fine/near fine. Item #45801
A handsome and tight first edition of this Hollywood police procedural mystery. This incredibly choice copy bears a large and bold author inscription and signature in teal blue fineline on half-title page: "New York / 15 June 1981 / To Barry / Thanks for always / asking the great and / surprising questions. It / brings out the best in me! / All best, / Joe Wambaugh." Recipient was clearly an interviewer who'd interviewed Wambaugh on more than one occasion. Laid in is a pristine 7½" X 2½" special bookmark listing all six of Wambaugh's titles and depicting an LAPD sergeant's badge.