New York: Simon and Schuster, 1966. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's light gray cloth, spine and upper board gilt, top edge stained gray, original dust jacket.
Stated first printing of Bowles's disturbing fourth and final novel, about an American couple traveling in an unnamed Central American country who become unwittingly and fatally ensnared in local intrigues. "Taylor had told her about the end of the dry season in that part of the world, how all of nature seemed to be straining to pull a little moisture out of the sky, until one could feel the tension in everything, and the scorpions came out and the lightning flashed more each night, and human nerves grew taut." Dust jacket designed by celebrated book designer Paul Bacon, with black-and-white author photo to rear panel by fashion and celebrity photographer Roy Round. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #836