Dead and Alive - Hammond InnesLondon: Collins, 1946, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper worn at the edges with loss of about the bottom third of the spine. Leans slightly. Pages very gently age-tanned.
From the cover: “Hammond Innes’s latest book Dead and Alive is a swift-moving narrative that takes the reader from the gale-swept coast of Cornwall to the vice-laden cities and primitive hill villages of Italy. It is the story of two men, back from service overseas, who have lost their roots in England. The story is told by an ex-naval officer who, whilst staying at a farm in Cornwall, hears of an attempt to salvage the wreck of a landing craft washed up on the rocks of a nearby cove. He little knew, as he walked down that rocky cliff path to Bossiney Cove that his feet were leading him on a danger-studded trail back to the Mediterranean, to strange happenings and a tremendous adventure. Can a man build dreams of a trading company on the wreck of one vessel? And if he can, what happens when he meets up against the organised underworld of greedy racketeers? To find the answer Hammond Innes takes you through the squalor of the narrow streets off Naples Via Roma, up into the strange Abruzzi villages and finally out to the islands. Dead and Alive is certainly a book for those who find life less exciting than it was.”