London: Jonathan Cape and Hodder and Stoughton, 1981. [Spy novel] FIRST EDITION, SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the author. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.270; , blank. Publisher's black cloth in pictorial dust-wrapper with original printed price (£6.50) to the front flap. With author's presentation note to title page; "To Eugene Spiers | Best Wishes | John Gardner | Spring 1999". Slight tanning to pages, discreet '50p' price to flap otherwise a fine copy in jacket. The first James Bond continuation novel from John Gardner. Bond is back and he's better than ever... but the 1980's have reached the department as well. Political restraints are squeezing in on the Service. The elite Double-O status, for example, conveying its authority to kill, is being abolished. Item #51558
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