London: Jonathan Cape, 1957. [Spy novel] FIRST EDITION, BINDING A. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.253; , blank. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards, blocked in silver and red metallic foil, pictorial dust-jacket by Richard Chopping. No inscriptions. Covers clean, some spotting to edges of text block. Jacket with a few chips to crown and extremities, joints rubbed, price clipped. Very good. This entry in the legendary James Bond series is an absolute classic; 007 battles with SMERSH, the Soviet organisation of vengeance, interrogation, torture and death, and in particular their fearsome executioner Red Grant. The novel appears on both lists [100 Greatest Mysteries] compiled by the Crime Writers' Association (UK) and the Mystery Writers Organisation (America). Item #56558
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