London: Jonathan Cape and Hodder and Stoughton, 1981. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED by the author. Publisher's black cloth in pictorial dust-wrapper with original printed price (£6.50) to the front flap. Light wear only, bumped to top corners else a fine copy. The first James Bond continuation novel from John Gardner. Bond is back and he's better than ever... but the 1980's have reached the department as well. Political restraints are squeezing in on the Service. The elite Double-O status, for example, conveying its authority to kill, is being abolished. Item #47442
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