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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