The first Inspector Montalbano mystery. A bright UK first edition, first impression - with a complete number string which includes the number 1.
Wrapper : The wrapper on this copy is bright, unfaded, complete and unclipped. Looks very sharp.
Book : The book is square and very tight. There are no previous ownership inscriptions. The boards are clean and unfaded, the corners sharp. There is a tiny trace of bruising to the spine ends - hence the Near Fine ++ description. The pages are clean and bright. The closed page edges are crisp and white. No foxing. The binding is tight - no cracked hinges. No remainder marks. A lovely copy in a protected wrapper.