Edition: First printing.
New York: Random House, (1981.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Masterful suspense novel set in Moscow in the deep winter - the first mystery featuring Chief Homicide Investigator Arkady Renko. Basis for the movie of the same name. Strong praise on the back cover from P.D. James and Peter Matthiessen who called it 'ingenious, intellingent, gripping and beautifully made - dominated by the rare and wonderful figure of a true hero.' Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award. 365 pp. ISBN: 0-394-517482.
Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket (some toning to the dj, as is common with this title)