Diving for Pearls - Howard BrentonNick Hern Books, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper.
From the cover: “Diving for Pearls tells the converging stories of a stormy and passionate marriage between an upper-class young woman and a notorious criminal — an ‘impossible’ marriage across class boundaries — and of an avenger, a man who will stop at nothing to destroy them. Cecily Rose, escaping the dominating influence of her father, Sir Stephen, decides to ‘do good’. She becomes a prison visitor and, against all advice, falls in love with Frank Blake, a South Londoner serving a prison sentence for robbery. For three years they conduct a courtship in prison visiting rooms. The day he is released, they marry, and Cecily finds herself thrown into the shifting, dangerous demi-monde of Frank’s ‘connections’. Meanwhile in Ireland an undercover Intelligence Officer, Peter Carter, is betrayed one night in West Belfast and shot. He is grievously injured. In the long months of his recovery — written by Brenton as a terrifying journey through a purgatory of distorted memories and desires — Peter sets out on a fanatical quest to discover his betrayer. Through shadowy dealings between British Intelligence in Ireland and the criminal fraternity in London, he is led finally to Frank.”