1949, 1st edition; The Macmillan Company publishers; hardbound in mantis green boards with black lettering and embossing; quite good condition with unmarked pages; normal foxing of pages for age of book; no dust jacket.
"What was the evil that lurked in the heart of Bull Woods near the madrone tree, whose bark resembled human flesh? To the sheriff, the madrone tree was simply the scene of two murders in which the victims died in strange ways, to the accompaniment of wild laughter. To the Reverend Manley Foxx the tree was a symbol of the Devil. . . By revealing the powerful undercurrents of a small town and stripping bare the repressed drives of its people, David Duncan has provided a highly unusual drama. With an eerie and calculated deliberation he keeps the reader awaiting an outcome which, far from being supernatural, proves all too human.";