London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1980 [November 1979]. [Spy Thriller] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (22 x 14cm), pp.327; , blank. Publisher's blue cloth, plain endpapers, pictorial dust-jacket. Discreet blindstamp to flyleaf, marginally shot wrapper a little edgeworn else fine. 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 #54939
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