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LAWTON, John, 1949- : BLACK OUT.

LAWTON, John, 1949- : BLACK OUT.

London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1995). First edition. “Wonderfully captures the atmosphere of wartime London ... an original and entertaining detective story” (Robert Harris). The first of the Frederick Troy novels – “A severed human arm leads to an unholy web of spying, murder, and betrayal in war-torn London ... Newcomer Lawton has an urban documentarist’s eye and ear for his jangled world ... and a nasty sense of how little slips can indeed sink ships” (Kirkus Reviews, 1st April 1995).
Medium 8vo (25cm). [vi], 342,[iv]pp. Original red boards, lettered in silver; a couple of faint and tiny spots, but a very good copy in a very good dust-jacket of an elusive modern rarity.

£250

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LAWTON, John, 1949- : OLD FLAMES.

LAWTON, John, 1949- : OLD FLAMES.

London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1996). First edition. Signed by John Lawton on the title-page. The second of the much-admired Frederick Troy series – Chief Inspector Troy is assigned to bodyguard and spy on Nikita Khrushchev on his visit to England – “A splash of Greene, a twist of Deighton, a small measure of history – Lawton has produced a thrilling cocktail” (The Times).
Royal 8vo (25cm). [x],416,[vi]pp. Original maroon boards, lettered in gilt; the merest hint of bruising, but a very good copy indeed – bright, clean and sound – in an equally very good dust-jacket.

£100

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LAWTON, John, 1949- : A LITTLE WHITE DEATH.

LAWTON, John, 1949- : A LITTLE WHITE DEATH.

London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1998). First edition. Signed by John Lawton on the title-page. The scarce third novel in the much-admired Frederick Troy series – it is 1963 – a defection, a ministerial resignation, an overdose and a suicide – all echoes of very real events – an “unputdownable narrative of spying, sexual intrigue, political scandal and murder ... a haunting novel, transcending the bounds of genre fiction” (A. N. Wilson in the Daily Telegraph).
Royal 8vo (25cm). [viii],440pp. Original black boards, lettered in silver; an excellent copy, bright, clean and sound, in an equally fine dust-jacket.

£100

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LAWTON, John, 1949- : FRIENDS AND TRAITORS : AN INSPECTOR TROY NOVEL.

LAWTON, John, 1949- : FRIENDS AND TRAITORS : AN INSPECTOR TROY NOVEL.

New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, (2017). First edition : precedes the 2018 London edition. Signed by John Lawton on the title-page. The eighth of the Inspector Troy series – an encounter with Guy Burgess in Vienna in 1958 and the past begins to unravel into the present.
Medium 8vo (24cm). [viii],(342),[ii]pp. Original black and grey boards, lettered in metallic red; a very good copy indeed in the Carlos Beltran dust-jacket – also very good indeed.

£100

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