Dark Crusader by Alistair MacLean soon to be presented for sale on the incomparable BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Collins, 1969, Hardback in dust wrapper.
4th impression. [First Edition: 1961]
From the cover: Originally published under the pseudonym of lan Stuart, this story of a Secret Service agents last assignment is a thriller of all the speed and tension that we expect from the author of The Guns of Navarone and Ice Station Zebra.
The advertisement was for a fuels expert; the job was in Australia and the salary astronomical. Eight scientists had already gone, but not to Australia; they had disappeared without any trace The trail leads to a remote Polynesian island, where Bentall and the lovely girl posing as his wife soon find themselves isolated and in mortal danger. For behind the queer community of archaeologists and their Chinese henchmen a desperate crime is being prepared. As the presence and meaning of the Dark Crusader comes to light, the story moves to its enthralling climax, with a superb twist in the closing pages.
Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with the price clipped. Leans a little. Edges of the text block lightly tanned, more heavily to the top edge. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. 8″ x 5″.
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