London: Jonathan Cape, 1957. FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.253. Half black oasis morocco over original foil-stamped black cloth boards, gilt titles and raised bands to spine. Internally clean; a fine copy in an attractive recent leather binding. This entry in the legendary James Bond series is an absolute classic; 007 does battle with SMERSH, the Soviet organisation of vengeance, interrogation, torture and death, and in particular their fearsome executioner Red Grant. Item #50536
Gilbert A5a. Appears on both lists [100 Greatest Mysteries] compiled by the Crime Writers' Association (UK) and the Mystery Writers Organisation (America).