London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1962. [Cold-War thriller]. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp.224. Publisher's orange cloth in original dustwrapper (without reviews). A clean, bright, near fine copy of the book in similar wrapper with a little rubbing to crown and some inevitable laminate shrinkage. A striking example of a book that wears easily. Len Deighton's classic debut spy story, introducing the cult figure of Harry Palmer (although the character's name remained anonymous for some time). Famously portrayed by Michael Caine in the film of the same name (1965), a role he reprised twice in the sixties, followed by two further outings (as a retired secret agent) in the mid-nineties. Described by Ian Fleming in the Sunday Times as one of his 'Books of the Year'. Item #49828
Book Collector No.287 (p32-62) 'The Sixties'. Milward-Oliver; Len Deighton Annotated Bibliography. See also Gilbert p.548, 651.