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The Quickness of the Hand.

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The Quickness of the Hand.

by MAYO, JAMES [pseud. Stephen Coulter.]

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  • hardcover
  • First
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UK,12mo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Pseud. for Stephen Coulter.] NFINE/VG.No owner inscrptn,and no price-clip to dw/dj.3-colour block (red+b/w) illustrated artwork by front panel of dw/djcolour pictorial artwork by Sherborne,illustrated front panel with white letters,spine dulled and also with white but dulled lettering for title+author,publisher name in black letters,rear panel with white background and red+black texts for publisher's advert for other author's title and critics' reviews to each; with shelf-wear,bumping,creasing to edges and corners - minor nicks and closed tears present to top+bottom edges of front panel,and minimal chipping and reciprocal loss to both head+foot of spine/backstrip.Visible water/fluid stains; internally+externally - partially along both top+bottom edges of rear panel of dw/dj,lightly affecting concomitant areas to boards beneath.Top+fore-edges lightly aged/toned but with no foxing/spotting; contents bright,tight,clean,solid and sound - near pristine - and no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corners - could appear unread, apart from my own collation.Bright,crisp,clean and sharp-cornered, publisher's original,plain red cloth boards with bright,crisp,blocked black ink letters to spine and immaculate plain white endpapers.UK,12mo HB+ dw/dj,1st edn,5-207pp [paginated] includes 11 chapters; plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages.
Rayner was good at smelling trouble: he had smelt a lot of it in his time. As soon as he set eyes on the couple upstairs,he decided to steer clear of them.He was not interested int heir nightly visitors,or whether the girl who seemd half asleep was drugged or only half-witted.It meant nothing to him when the old man dropped a ping-pong ball on the stairs and nearly has a stroke because he had been seen.But even Rayner's detachment was not proof against what he found one day in his room. The troubles that he had hoped were over had begun again.
That was how the double chase started: the police on Rayner's heels and Rayner himself hunting for the girl from upstairs - on the off-chance that she might be able to prove him innocent of murder.
Stephen Coulter under the nom de guerre of James Mayo,wrote half a dozen thrillers in the sixties about one Charles Hood - a Bond wannabe/ imitation,amongst many,after Fleming's demise,but one of the better ones.Hood's cover is an art dealer with many other talents.He works for a British intelligence group known as the Circle.All the ingredients are there - manly and sophisticated hero,perverted master criminals,plenty of sex and sadism - but without Fleming's panache.
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The Quickness of the Hand.
MAYO, JAMES [pseud. Stephen Coulter.]
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