First printing of this World War II-era spy novel, written by a master of the espionage thriller.
"He would review all the details he had learned by heart, all the movements and expressions he had memorized. Nothing which he had discovered... must be neglected."
Married to an MI6 agent, MacInnes was a Scottish-American librarian-turned-novelist "with the Buchan touch" (Belfast Telegraph). This book, her second, follows a British undercover agent who has been dropped by plane into Nazi-occupied Brittany by night. Having taken on the identity of a French farmer, he must gather information to pass on the resistance in Mont Saint-Michel. Published in the middle of the war, this work was handed out by Allied officials as part of their training course for agents headed into undercover work in occupied France. It is common in contemporary but later printings, and quite scarce in the first printing.
London: George G. Harrap, (1942). Octavo. 7.25'' x 5''. Original full brown cloth, spine lettered in white. In original unclipped (9') pictorial dust jacket. Yellow topstain. 322 pages. Bookplate on front free endpaper. Spine lean, light foxing to fore edge, stain to lower corner of front board, bumping to jacket corners, chipping to jacket spine head. Brighter than usually found.
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