London: The Bodley Head, . First Edition. Octavo (22cm.); publisher's simulated cloth in pictorial dust jacket; ix,,214pp. Very light soil to top textblock edge, else Near Fine. Signed by the author with a tic-tac-toe drawing on title page, presumably in reference to the dust jacket art of his previous novel "Knots & Crosses" (1987), the first of his books to feature Inspector John Rebus. Rankin's third novel, a stand-alone mystery featuring a spy named Miles Flint.