First American Edition stated. Busoni dustjacket art. Author's first "mature novel" to be published separately in the U. S. "The story of a crime of passion, on the coast of French Equatorial Africa; an extraordinary and matter of fact tale of psychological horror". Basis for a French 1983 feature film. Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket, some minor loss at spine ends, edges of verso with strip of scotch tape.