London; Collins, 1962. Pp.224, with photographic plates. Publisher's blue cloth with red titles in the pictorial dustjacket designed by Kenneth Farnhill. The book is fine; the jacket has two discreet closed tears and a little soiling to spine panel. Airline Detective was Fleming's fourth book related to illicit trading, following Diamonds are Forever, The Diamond Smugglers and Goldfinger, although his contribution here was limited to essay-length. An account of the exploits of B.O.A.C. security chief Mr. Donald "Flying" Fish and his roving aide Douglas Buchanan; the airline detectives, intent on cracking international gold and diamond smuggling operations. It was Fleming's fourth book related to illicit trading, following 'Diamonds Are Forever','The Diamond Smugglers' and 'Goldfinger', although his contribution here was limited to essay-length. Fish had known Fleming since the mid-fifties, when the pair had attended two Interpol conferences in Istanbul and Vienna. 'Airline Detective' was written with the assistance of John Pearson, who was Fleming's aide at The Sunday Times, and was serialised in that newspaper. Pearson later became the first biographer of Ian Fleming. Item #39815
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