New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1966. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (22cm); turquoise cloth, with titles stamped black on spine; light blue topstain; dustjacket; 416pp. Base of spine gently nudged, subtle fading to topstain, else very Near Fine. Dustjacket is price-clipped, with light wear to extremities and a touch of rubbing; Near Fine.
The author's fourth and final novel, the manuscript being finished just two weeks prior to his death and published posthumously. The story takes place in Motley's adopted country of Mexico, in a fictional fishing village based on Puerto Vallarta. "The novel depicts Motley's opinion that Mexico was suffering exploitation at the hands of the United States. Las Casas, in twenty year's time, goes from a quiet fishing village to an over-developed tourist town, complete with brothels and major hotels. Materialism ruins the town's residents, both economically and morally" (http://libguides.niu.edu/motley).