Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1957. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (20.75cm.); original cloth in decorative dust jacket; ,266pp. Jacket and top textblock edge foxed, extremities a bit worn with a few short closed tears, else Very Good and sound. African-American author Herbert Simmons's first of two novels, published when Simmons was a 26-year-old living in St. Louis, recounting the story of Jake Adams, "rich by his own efforts at eighteen, the natural leader of a gang, the smartest dope pusher in the district, the vulnerable lover of a nice girl" - upper jacket panel.