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Cloak Without Dagger by Sir Percy Sillitoe
London: Cassell & Co., 1955
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Red boards with Gilt titling to Spine
3rd edition. [First Published: 1955] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Portrait to the frontispiece;
From the cover: At a time when the public was being shocked by the revelations of Igor Gouzenko and the trial of Alan Nunn May into the realisation that, though the war was just over, the hidden war of the secret agent was still going on, Sir Percy Sillitoe became Director-General of M. I-5. Ambitious as he had always been, he had never in his wildest day-dreams visualised himself at the head of the Secret Service, but these extraordinary memoirs provide a more than adequate explanation of the rise to so exalted a position of the one-time choirboy of St. Pauls Cathedral.
They tell the story of a fifty-years fight for law and order against the criminals of two nations, first in South Africa and later amid the violence of gang warfare in Sheffield and Glasgow. It was Sillitoe who, as Chief Constable of Sheffield, broke the Mooney and Garvin gangs who had so terrorised the town that no witness would give evidence in court. The story of the defeat of the gangsters reads more like a Hollywood film script than a sober record of events in an English provincial town.
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