First mass-market printing of the second novel by the Black American writer, a story about the love affair between a middle-aged man and a younger female thief, both white. NY: Signet/The New American Library, 1951. First edition thus (stated first printing). Perfect-bound in printed color wraps, 7-1/8 x 4-1/4 in. Textblock edges stained pink. 191pp. Small chip at head of spine. Light edge wear and rubbing along joints. Spine uncreased. Near fine; a nice copy. Signet 907. Cover art by Tom Dunn.