Oliver Nugent is a young Armoured Corps officer in the year 1945. Taking on a near derelict pharmaceutical firm, he determines to rebuild it and make it a success. He encounters some ruthless opposition, and counteracts with some fairly unscrupulous methods of his own. It seems no one is above blackmail and all is deemed fair in big business battles. Then a threat: apparently from German sources it alludes to a time when Oliver was in charge of an SS camp, jeopardizing his company and all that he has worked for.
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Michael Francis Gilbert was born in Lincolnshire in 1912. He attended the University of London where he gained an LLB with honours in 1937. During World War II Gilbert served in the Royal Horse Artillery in North Africa where he was captured and imprisoned; an experience which led to the writing of his acclaimed novel Death in Captivity, first published in 1952. After the war Gilbert worked as a solicitor in London, during which time he found himself legal adviser to Raymond Chandler. In 1980 Gilbert was knighted as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. A founding member of the British Crime Writers association, in 1988 he was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and received the Lifetime Anthony Achievement award at the 1990 Boucheron in London.Review:
"Mr Gilbert is a first-rate storyteller." (The Guardian)
"A suspense novel of unusual substance. You should read it." (New York Times)
"Gilberts excellent drama pushes long at a headlong pace" (Saturday Review)
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Book Description Hodder and Stoughton, 1967. Book Condition: Good. Light wear to boards with sticker to front paste down. Content is clean with light toning. DJ is toned with edge wear. Bookseller Inventory # 9999-9994304661
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1967. 1st ed. Short tears in top edge of dj front panel; dj a little yellowed, some brown spots Used - Very Good. VG hardback in Good price-clipped dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS078569I
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1967. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Printing. VG in VG priceclipped dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 004726
Book Description London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1967. First Edition. 8vo. 256pp. Blue cloth. Very good in slightly tanned price-clipped dust-jacket slightly torn on the back panel. Published in America under the title 'Overdrive'. Bookseller Inventory # 8847
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1967. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Tight and square, name and small store stamp in front, pen mark on top edges, name stamp on first text page. Dust jacket is price clipped, small tears to top edge, protected in a removable clear film sleeve. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardback. Bookseller Inventory # 017342
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1967. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. First Edition. 256 pages. The spine and jacket have a 2" x 4" stain at the foot - not really a problem on the book, but unsightly on the jacket which is also a little frayed and scored. There is a rather long dedication written on the free endpaper. One of Gilbert's superior thrillers. Size: 5½" x 8¼" (135mm x 210mm). Bookseller Inventory # 001820
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, London, United Kingdom, 1967. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. 1st ed. A fine copy with bright blue boards and gold embossed lettering at spine, in near fine dust jacket which shows light wear along edges but is not priced clipped (has 21s net). Published in US as Overdrive. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 018721