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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 Sense of Reality - Graham Greene

1963 - The Bodley Head, London - First Edition
A collection of four stories comprising ` Under The Garden' (A short novel); A Visit to the Morin; Dream of a Strange Land and A Discovery in the Woods. In these four stories Graham Greene has allowed himself the liberty of fantasy, myth, legend and dream. 
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The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene

1940 - William Heinemann Ltd, London - First Edition, First Printing
‘Graham Greene's masterpiece... The power and energy of his finest novel derive from the will toward compassion, and ideal communism even more Christian than Communism. Its unit is the individual, not any class’ – John Updike.

During a vicious persecution of the clergy in Mexico, a worldly priest, the 'whisky priest', is on the run. With the police closing in, his routes of escape are being shut off, his chances getting fewer. But compassion and humanity force him along the road to his destiny, reluctant to abandon those who need him, and those he cares for.

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Ways of Escape, Greene comments that the novel was written to a preconceived thesis: there is a distinction between a man (in this case a drunken priest) and his office. He also remarks how many of the characters in the novel had their origin in people he met in Mexico in 1938, when researching The Lawless Roads.’ – Wise & Hill. 
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The Spy Who Came in From the Cold - John le Carré

1963 - Victor Gollancz Ltd, London - First Edition
First edition of example of ‘the best spy story I have ever read’ according to Graham Greene. In a dust jacket without the commonly encountered fading to spine.

‘An icon of the anti-hero spy’ – United States Central Intelligence Agency.

The British Cold War spy novel that became famous for its portrayal of Western espionage methods as being morally inconsistent with Western democracy and values.

‘One of the All-Time 100 Novels’ –
TIME Magazine.

‘Best spy novel of all-time’ –
Publishers Weekly. 
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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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