VG+/VG+. Book and dustjacket are in excellent condition, the only fault being some bumping to the top corners of the cover at front and rear and very light creasing at the top of the spine. FIRST EDITION, full number string including the number '1' on the Copyright Page, this edition was rejected by the author just after the print run began and it is estimated that about 1000 copies or so were dispatched to European W.H. Smith airport book kiosks for sale, this very low print run makes this book the most difficult of the later non-limited edition le Carré books to find.
Tim Cranmer, retired scret servant and Larry Pettifer, bored radical don, philanderer and for 20 years Tim's mercurial double agent against the now vanished Communist threat, have an unresolved rivalry that dates back decades. They follow each other to Moscow and then Southern Russia.