Stated first edition hardcover is firm and hinges are not cracked or damaged. Pages are tight and clean. Boards have light shelfwear and rubbing to edges. DJ protected with mylar and not clipped. Retired library edition with usual distinctions. Pocket removed. 183 pages. HardCover Binding. Year: 1972. ISBN: 0. David Stair is neither mean nor actively dishonest, but he has two weaknesses: caught out, his reaction is to lie, and he leans over hard on chance and the passage of time to solve his problems. Unable to confront the difficulties in his marriage, he drifts into a liaison with a woman of questionable morals.