London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1996. [Thriller] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (25 x 17cm), pp.410. Publisher's grey quarter cloth over purple boards, gilt titles to spine, pictorial dust-jacket priced at £16.99, illustrated endpapers. Light variations in toning to the textblock otherwise a lovely fine copy. Legal thriller from the award-winning novelist. Harry Pendel is the best known tailor in Panama and is hired by all the top brass, but his past is made up and is a well hidden secret - until the British secret agent Andrew Osnard turns up. Basis for John Boorman's 2001 film, with James Bond star Pierce Brosnan as Osnard, Geoffrey Rush as Pendel, Jamie Lee Curtis as his wife Louisa and, in an early appearance, future Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe as their son Mark. John Le Carre won the 1963 Somerset Maugham award and the 1977 James Tait Black Memorial Prize, two of the most prestigious literary awards in Britain. Item #54419
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