Exploiting new planets was a mighty profitable business, even though there were strict laws about respecting the native intelligences and not upsetting their alien applecarts. As a rule, Consolidated Enterprises did a good job of minding the law. Which was what brought Carl Race to Cheiron.
Troubleshooter for Con En, Carl knew the crisis was deadly serious because th vultures from Trans-Galactic were already gathering to pick up the pieces. The whole planet, with its quaint centaurlike people, seemed heading for economic disaster. The crops were failing, the natives were up in arms, and the outlook was utterly bleak.
Somewhere was a cause for all this trouble---but Carl's first problem was to simply stay alive long enough to confront the problem. Or, was this world collapsing too fast for anyone to save?
The Winds Of Gath
By E. C. Tubb
The first of many many novels about space-wanderer Earl Dumarest and his quest for a mysterious planet called "Earth."
Gath is a strange world with strange potentialities.
That's why Sime brought his wife there, long dead, in her coffin. That's why the Matriarch of Kund went to pick her successor. That's why the Prince of Emmened went to win either a world or a moment's special pleasure.
Dumarest was simply stranded there, a traveler in Low Passage without the price to move along. His inquiries about a world called "Dirt" or "Soil" apparently aroused someone's wrath. That someone was reluctant to let Dumarest live, But live he did, through slow-time and quick-time, through phrygia assassins and laser attacks, and through the fabled Winds Of Gath.
Clean covers with edge and corner wear. Tubb side has two long vertical creases -- or, more accurately, dents.. Spine is covered in library tape. Pages are tan. Binding is tight and square.