The dead hand of a long-defeated Nazi Third Reich reaches out to Portugal, London and Marrakech in Deighton's second novel, featuring the same anonymous narrator and milieu of The IPCRESS File, but finds Dawlish now head of the secret British Intelligence unit, WOOC(P). The Ipcress File was a debut sensation. Here in the second Secret File, Horse ...Read MoreThe dead hand of a long-defeated Nazi Third Reich reaches out to Portugal, London and Marrakech in Deighton's second novel, featuring the same anonymous narrator and milieu of The IPCRESS File, but finds Dawlish now head of the secret British Intelligence unit, WOOC(P). The Ipcress File was a debut sensation. Here in the second Secret File, Horse under Water, skin-diving, drug trafficking and blackmail all feature in a curious story in which the dead hand of a long-defeated Hitler-Germany reaches out to Portugal, London and Marrakech, and to all the neo-Nazis of today's Europe. The detail is frightening but unfaultable; the story as up to date as ever it was. The un-named hero of The Ipcress File the same: insolent, fallible, capricious - in other words, human. But he must draw on all his abilities, good and bad, when plunged into a story of murder, betrayal and greed every bit as murky as the waters off the coast of Portugal, where the answers lie buried.Read Less
Fair in GOOD jacket. 1966. 255 pages. Ex-library. Red cloth boards with decorative gilt and a pictorial dust-jacket. Ex-library with associated inserts and stamps. The rear hinge is heavily cracked, with exposed netting and slack binding. Rear board is detached from text block. Light foxing and tea stains to some of the pages throughout. Tape marks to endpapers and pastedowns. Good boards with minimal wear. Minor edge wear with corner bumping and scuffing. Lean to the spine. Bright gilt. Price clipped dust-jacket. Edges and corners scuffed. Small tears to the spine. Tanning to the jacket. Protected by a plastic wrap. Sold as good reading copy only.
Good in ACCEPTABLE jacket. 1963. First Edition. 255 pages. Unclipped white DJ on red boards. Text pages clean, light wear and tanning to text block. Slight lean. Light rubbing to edges and corners of boards and spine. Light rubbing, chipping and short tears to edges and corners of DJ. 6cm tear to fore edge of spine. Moderately shelf worn.
1963, 1st Edition. () Fine in fine dust jacket. 255pp. Small octavo in original blind stamped red cloth and price clipped dust jacket with black endpapers. Dust jacket with some mild rubbing and crease along back. A classic suspense thriller involving Hitler-Germany, drug-trafficking, blackmail and frightening action. Series: Secret File No. 2.
Near fine in bright red cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine and a embossed, black stamp over a blind embossed "Downgraded to Unclassified" stamp on the front board with minor dust stains to the top edge of the text block. With a blind, embossed prior owner's stamp on the title page. In a very good+ price clipped dust jacket with tanning to the spine area and edges of the panels and with minor what appear to be rust stains on the spine area. The end papers of this volume are a cross word puzzle which have not been filled-in. 255 pages of text. The author's second book after The Ipcress File.
1963, 1st Edition 1st Issue. () Very good in good to very good dust jacket. 255pp. Small octavo in original blind stamped red cloth and price clipped dust jacket with 1st issue 'crossword' endpapers. Dust jacket with some yellowing from smoke along top edge. A classic suspense thriller involving Hitler-Germany, drug-trafficking, blackmail and frightening action. Series: Secret File No. 2.
First American edition. Some toning and bumped corners else very good in a very good spine faded dustwrapper with edgewear. Inscribed by the author. The second book to feature "Harry Palmer" (unnamed in the books but called this in the film series based on them and featuring Michael Caine).
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