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Alexander McCall Smith

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ISBN 10: 1904598048 / ISBN 13: 9781904598046
Published by Polygon, Edinburgh, 2003
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First impression of the rare, unauthorized first hardback edition. ***Near fine in dark brown cloth-covered boards with gilt titles to spine. Colour illustrated front and rear pastedowns and endpapers. No inscriptions. Pages clean. Spine tight. Very slight rubbing to head and tail of spine. Bottom corners lightly bumped. ***In a near fine unpriced colour illustrated dustwrapper. Edges of dustwrapper very slightly creased, rubbed and slightly nicked at edges. Very tiny closed tear to top edge of rear flap of dustwrapper. Light crease to bottom corner of rear panel of dustwrapper. Front and rear panels and spine of dustwrapper bright. No tears. A nice bright copy. ***213 pages. 224 mm x 144 mm. ***'With a tone that is as elegant as that which is unfailingly used by his protagonist, Alexander McCall Smith gently unfolds a picture of life in Gaborone with a mastery of comic understatement and an evident sympathy for his subjects and their milieu. And in the background of all this is Botswana, a country of empty spaces and echoing skies, one so beautiful and entrancing that it breaks the heart.' [Quote from inside front jacket blurb] ***'One of the International Books of the Year.' [Times Literary Supplement - review quote from front panel of dustjacket] ***'The author's prose has the merits of simplicity, euphony and precision. His descriptions leave one as if standing in the Botswana landscape. This is art that conceals art. I haven't read anything with such unalloyed pleasure for a long time.' [Sunday Telegraph] 'The Miss Marple of Africa.' [New York Times Book Review - review quotes from rear panel of dustwrapper] ***The scarce first impression of the unauthorized (and hence very low print run) first hardback edition, in nice bright collectable condition. Originally published in 1998 as a PBO, the 2003 hardcover edition was printed in error, as Polygon did not own the rights to publish in hardcover. ***For all our books, postage is charged at cost, allowing for packaging: any shipping rates indicated on ABE are an average only: we will reduce the P & P charge where appropriate - please contact us for postal rates for heavier books and sets etc. Bookseller Inventory # 2464

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Publisher: Polygon, Edinburgh

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency:
Mma “Precious” Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

Tears of the Giraffe:
The clever proprietor of the only detective agency in all of Botswana, Mma Ramotswe is now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, the kind owner of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. This new development provokes a hostile reaction from Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni’s unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the engagement. Despite all this, duty calls, and Mma Ramotswe is asked to help find an American woman’s son, who has been missing in Africa for ten years.

Morality for Beautiful Girls:
Between intriguing new cases and troubling personal developments, Precious’ hands are full. She personally investigates the claim of an important government worker, who suspects his brother is being poisoned. Meanwhile, assistant detective Mma Makutsi explores the moral fiber of four beauty pageant contestants. On top of all this, Precious’ reliable fiancé finally shows a crack in his armor. Life is more difficult than ever at The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, but it’s nothing a little clear thinking and a few mugs of bush tea can’t handle.

From the Inside Flap:

This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith?s widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to ?help people with problems in their lives.? Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.

The No. 1 Ladies? Detective Agency received two Booker Judges? Special Recommendations and was voted one of the International Books of the Year and the Millennium by the Times Literary Supplement.

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