London: The Reprint Society, 1964. [Spy Thriller] first UK book club edition. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.240. Publisher's red quarter paper with gilt titles to spine and black paper over boards. Top edge black. With the red dust-jacket. Some light spotting to edges, minor wear to jackets. Near fine. 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 #61154
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