London: Victor Gollancz, 1963. [Espionage thriller] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.222; , blank. Publisher's light blue cloth, gilt titles to spine, in typographic dust-jacket priced at 18s. A clean and tidy copy with the usual toning to the edges of text block, jacket with a few small nicks and tears, red colour to spine remains strong. An attractive example. A monumental novel, The Spy Who Came In From is a revolutionary Cold War -era espionage classic, the first to win both the Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger and the Mystery Writers of America award, and also listed in the top 200 literary works since 1950. The author's breakthrough, which firmly established an alternative form to the James Bond cult and a new type of hero. Graham Greene considered it the best spy story he ever read and J.B. Priestley wrote that the book was 'superbly constructed with an atmosphere of chilly hell.'. Item #54126
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