2nd Culprit: A Crime Writers' Annual [UK, paperback, 1993]

This is the full and detailed view of 2nd Culprit: A Crime Writers' Annual, edited by Liza Cody and Michael Z. Lewin. It contains the story "First Lead Gasser" by Tony Hillerman, beginning on page 140. It was published by Chatto & Windus, London, UK, in 1993.

This is a paperback volume with cover fold-outs and a clear plastic cover. The jacket design is by Andrea Pinnington and the illustration and lettering are by Julian Abela-Hyzler. The cover features a wraparound pastel illustration with a background that seems to represent a building. On the front cover, a gecko (at a much larger scale than the building) curls toward the spine edge of the book and appears to be climbing the building. The book title is printed at the top, overlaid on brightly colored geometric shapes. The editors' and contributors' names are printed at the bottom of the front cover in white on red.

On the back cover, the illustration continues, this time with two silhouetted cats and a large carved dagger superimposed over the illustrated building. At the top, next to a mock tattoo of a heart with the word "MOTHER" on a band across it, is printed "The Anthology of the Crime Writers' Association." Four red orbs with blue shadows, perhaps representing blood drops or berries, appear at the lower right of the back cover.

The front fold-out, over a pale pastel drawing of a hotel swimming pool with palm trees, is a teaser for the volume content. The back fold-out displays an illustration of a Tuscan scene over which are printed biographies of the editors.