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The Sign of Four - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1890 - Spencer Blackett, London - First Edition
The second book in the inimitable Sherlock Holmes series, featuring the most famous literary detective of all time. Set between India and England, the plot revolves around a stolen treasure, an unbreakable pact, and a peg-legged criminal who appears to have the ability of teleportation, and marks the debut of Watson’s future wife: Mary Morstan. The novel begins with an unusually broody, sulky, and above all, bored Sherlock, as he reels in disgust at the thought of several days with nothing interesting to occupy himself with. Thankfully for Holmes, and Watson, Ms. Morstan is in dire trouble, and there’s only one man who can help her...

With engraved frontispiece by Charles Kerr. Housed in a custom burgundy morocco clamshell case, lettered in gilt and inner felt lining.

‘You have done all the work in this business. I get a wife out of it, Jones gets the credit, pray what remains for you?’
‘For me,’ said Sherlock Holmes, ‘there still remains the cocaine bottle’.
 
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The Ministry of Fear - An Entertainment - Graham Greene

1943 - William Heinemann Ltd, London - First Edition
‘A master thriller and a remarkable portrait of a twisted character.’ - Time.

‘Set in the torn landscape of the Blitz, this book is a phantasmagoric study in terror. Arthur Rowe was hamstrung by guilt, the guilt of having murdered his sick wife. He was standing aside from the war until the day when he happened to guess the true weight of a cake at a charity fete and from that moment on he’s a hunted man, the target of shadowy killers, on the run and struggling to remember and to find the truth.’ -
Penguin Classics Review. 
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A disturbing duo - The Family Arsenal - with - My Secret History - Paul Theroux

1976 - Hamish Hamilton, London - First Editions
Two first editions of of Paul Theroux’s more exotic and disturbing works.

The Family Arsenal - Hood, a renegade American diplomat, envisions a new urban order, flirts with terrorists. Mayo, has just made a political statement - stealing a Flemish painting. Murf the bomb-maker scrawls 'Arsenal Rule' across the city's walls, whilst Brodie bombs Euston and afterwards worries about her complexion. A novel of London lowlife and the dispossessed, and a powerful and violent thriller of disenchanted people.

‘One of the most evocative, intelligently crafted suspense novels in years - like the early fiction of Graham Greene.' -
The New York Times.

'Brilliant and haunting. . . the ingenious of the plot, the London setting. . . the trapped and interwoven people, and the balefully witty observation, have an undistracted force' -
Observer.

My Secret History - 'Nothing on the shelf has quite prepared the reader for My Secret History… Parent saunters into the book aged fifteen, shouldering a .22 Mossberg rifle as earlier, more innocent American heroes used to tote a fishing pole. In his pocket is a paperback translation of Dante's Inferno… He is a creature of naked and unquenchable ego, greedy for sex, money, experience, another life' - Observer.

‘Merges the two genres he's famous for... My Secret History is about the permanence of marriage in the face of mistrust and infidelity; it's about the wisdom of women and the foolishness of men; and it's about mature love as the necessary and sometimes successful antidote to youthful selfishness.’ - New York Times Book Review. 
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