A Song in the Morning by Gerald Seymour is just one of the books that I managed to get listed today! London: Collins Harvill, 1986, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: Jeez Curwens loyalty to the Service, to his intelligence chief and the others on the team, has cost him his marriage and forced him to abandon a son he hasnt seen since the boy was two years old. Very soon it will cost him his life. Jeez is an undercover agent in South Africa, reporting to British Intelligence on the African National Congress. Now a job has gone wrong, hideously wrong, and Jeez, with four Black comrades from the ANCs military wing, is sentenced to hang.
Jeezs name is never uttered in Sam Perrys house in Surrey. His son, Sams stepson now, has no memory of his fathers face even. Until the morning a letter arrives from the maximum security prison in Pretoria, a last farewell from a man about to die. And that changes everything. Jack Curwen, at twenty-seven, is not a political animal; he knows nothing of the ANC or what it stands for. But he knows he cannot tolerate the thought of the man who is his father dying at the hands of a foreign hangman. Even the father he has been brought up to hate for deserting him and his mother.
Jeez has worked for the Service for a very long time. He has had to be bailed out before, although it took them ten years that time and he never cracked. He hasnt cracked this time, but he hasnt got ten years. By the time Jack discovers that the British government has washed its hands of his fathers case, Jeez has only three weeks to live.
Gerald Seymours novels have never shirked the gravest issues of the day, and have often anticipated them. In this quite exceptional thriller he lays bare the tragedy of a nation on the threshold of catastrophe..
Very Good in Very Good Dustwrapper. Edges of the textblock lightly spotted. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
364 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.