A Gun for Sale. An Entertainment. - Graham Greene 1936 - William Heinemann Ltd, London Toronto - First Edition ‘Murder didn’t mean much to Raven. It was just a new job. You had to be careful. You had to use your brains. It was not a question of hatred.’

An exceptional copy of one of Greene’s early and rarer titles, chilling political noir and espionage, published as A Gun For Hire in the United States, and with many characters, themes, and settings which went on to feature in Brighton Rock.

Raven stalks the criminal underworld, accepting the jobs that even the most diabolical of criminals refuse to take. When he completes his most dangerous assignment: the murder of a European minister of War, he must avoid the detection of the police, while also discovering the identity of the agent who betrayed him.
  Published as 'A Gun For Hire' in America.

Graham Greene (1904-91) is regarded as one of the most influential and significant authors of the 20th century. Greene had an unhappy childhood, repeatedly running away from home, until he suffered a mental breakdown in his early teens, leading his parents to seek the aid of a psychoanalyst. He eventually continued his studies in Balliol college, Oxford, and then went to work for The Times as a copy-editor. During this period, he also started writing novels, his most famous being Our Man in Havana, The Quiet American, and Brighton Rock. During World War II, While writing and traveling extensively, he was recruited by the Secret Intelligence Service (for which his sister, Elisabeth, worked), who sent him to Sierra Leon to work as an intelligence officer.

Octavo (19.5 x 13.5 cm). pp. [8] 261 [3]. In publisher’s red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, red endpapers.
  Condition: Fine with the exception of very light sunning to spine.   Ref: 108978   Price: HK$ 18,000