Yes, it is, but one of the smaller-sized trades. If either of you is planning to buy a replacement copy, I should warn you there's a slight change in the opening that I made at the request of Maggie Topkis, the publisher.

You know about mystery-lovers and cats, don't you? They go together like Cav and Pag. More than once I've heard some writer or other on a panel say "Wholesale murder is okay, but never harm a single hair on a cat." And that's precisely why I started The Fourth Wall with the beheading of a cat; to a mystery/cat-lover, that would be shocking.

But Maggie has run a mystery bookshop for years, and she says that so many times she's watched customers read the first page of a book and decide to buy or not to buy solely on the basis of that first page. She's afraid the cat opening will cause me to lose new readers. I grumbled a lot but eventually decided she could be right. So I changed the cat into a much safer bird; it's not likely I'll start getting hate mail from bird-lovers.

If this were the first publication of the book, I would have said no. I said no to the English editor who wanted to change the title of Prima Donna at Large to Death of a Baritone. And I resisted considerable editorial pressure to change the ending of Kill Fee. But this is The Fourth Wall's sixth publication, so I figured it wouldn't kill me to give in this one time.