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The Tailor of Panama (First edition, First printing)

Le Carre, John

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ISBN 10: 0679454462 / ISBN 13: 9780679454465
Published by Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A.: Alfred a Knopf Inc, 1996
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Knopf 1996 First edition, first printing. Near fine/near fine. Navy hardboards with gray cloth spine; metallic silver lettering; corners sharp. Colorful pictorial endpapers (painting of construction of Panama Canal, by Van Ingen.) Textblock clean, tight, square, unmarked, with slight signs of pre-use. Unclipped glossy pictorial dj with original price on flap; very slight shelfwear. Protected in clear archival Brodart wrapper. Carefully packaged and shipped in box to arrive in best condition. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # 130505-3

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Title: The Tailor of Panama (First edition, First ...

Publisher: Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A.: Alfred a Knopf Inc

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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From the critically acclaimed, best-selling author of Our Game and The Night Manager comes an action-packed new thriller, set in Panama, that come straight from the pages of today's current news media. 300,000 first printing. Major ad/promo. BOMC & QPB Main.

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John le Carré, the greatest spy novelist of the Cold War era, continues his post-Cold War quest to define the genre he helped perfect. The classic spy novel was essentially a story of good (England, the United States) vs. evil (Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union), in which good more or less prevailed. The Tailor of Panama is something else entirely: a spy novel with no spies in which the bad guys reap most of the rewards. It is also a viciously funny satire. The novel is set in Panama, where a plot is in place to make void the Panama Treaty, which would return control of the Panama Canal to the Panamanians in 1999. At the center of events is Harry Pendel, the tailor of the title. Coerced into working for British Intelligence, he concocts out of whole cloth a left-wing movement with the goal of luring the American military to do the dirty work--invade Panama à la 1989 and nullify the treaty. From the characters to the setting, le Carré has succeeded in setting new parameters for an old genre.

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