Stated First Edition. Binding is hardcover. Pages are tight and clean. No structural damage to binding or hinges. There is light shelfwear and rubbing to the boards. Library discard with usual attachments and marks. DJ protected with mylar and not clipped. Pocket removed. 223 pages. HardCover Binding. Year: 1975. ISBN: 0671219626. Here is another brilliant mystery featuring John Putnam Thatcher, senior vice president of the Sloan Guaranty Trust. This time he becomes involved with Parajians, Inc., the largest Oriental-rug business in the country and a major account of the Sloan. A violent rivalry in the Parajian family that results in two murders soon teachers Thatcher more than he cares to know about carpets and wall hangings. And it is only his famous logic and imperturbable cool that keep the rug from being ruled out from under them all.