London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1980 [November 1979]. [Spy Thriller] SIGNED FIRST EDITION. Octavo (22 x 14cm), pp.327; , blank. Publisher's blue cloth, plain endpapers, pictorial dust-jacket. With author's signature in black ink to title page, contemporary to publication but without date or dedication. A lightly handled copy in similar price-clipped wrapper with a couple of short tears neatly taped to reverse side. Very good. The acclaimed novel, part of the 'Quest for Karla' series starring Le Carre's famous hero, the shadow-like member of the British Foreign Service, George Smiley. The basis of the outstanding 1982 BBC television series starring Alec Guinness. Once again Smiley returns from early retirement to cover up a murder on an old agent. This leads him to a strike against Karla. Item #53273
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