Mint condition.Macmillan,1996.First edition-second printing(3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2).Black hardback(gilt lettering to the spine,small nick on the edge of the cover) with Dj(two small nicks,crease and scratch on the Dj cover),both in mint condition.The book is new with light shelf wear on the back of the Dj cover,small nick on the edge of the pages.349pp.Price un-clipped. This is another paragraph From Publishers Weekly: The latest Inspector Morse yarn from the redoubtable Dexter (The Way Through the Wood, etc.) might well be subtitled Morse Meets C.P. Snow, because part of the plot-about the machinations at an Oxford college to succeed the retiring Master-owes a good deal to Snow's The Masters (Morse even mentions the book in his one-uppish way). There is, however, more than academic politics to this tale involving two murders on a quiet Oxford suburban street, one of which was apparently a case of mistaken identity, and an alibi created with truly fiendish ingenuity. As usual with a Morse mystery, the Inspector's offbeat personality and his odd relationship with his earnestly lowbrow sidekick, Sergeant Lewis, provide much of the pleasure; the plot is entirely workmanlike. Here Morse, who seems to be drinking more than ever, has a nasty diabetic episode, slows down for a while, has a gratifying flirtation that actually ends up in bed and is ultimately forced to pen a touching missive to Lewis that reveals, in that stiff-upper-lip British way, a degree of affection for the man. A treat for buffs, this is also a good introduction for newcomers to an addictive detective.