Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1972. First Edition, First Printing. INSCRIBED by John Ball on the title page to legendary crime-novel reviewer and bibliographer Allen Hubin: "For / Allen Hubin - / 5 pieces to add to / the 25,000 he already has / [Chinese characters] // Most Cordially / John Ball / 15 May 1972. " A murder mystery, the fourth novel featuring black police detective Virgil Tibbs. Octavo, viii, 277 pages. A Very Good copy (book askew, spine head bumped, minor marking to the page block's closed edges, stain to rear free end paper) in a striking, Very Good dust jacket that's bumped at the top of the spine and has a bit of rubbing to the flap corners. SCARCE signed and especially notable for being inscribed to a famous reviewer of crime novels. A nice association copy. Item #733
John Ball, who died in 1988, wrote more than 35 books. His best-known book undoubtedly was "In the Heat of the Night'' (1965), which won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. The book introduced Virgil Tibbs, a black detective. The film version, starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger, won the Academy Award as the best motion picture of 1967.