The Burning Eye - Victor CanningNew York: William Sloane Associates, 1960, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, sunned at the spine, now wrapped in a removable protective sleeve. Leans very slightly. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
First U.S. Edition.
From the cover: “When a decrepit freighter capsized en route to Naples, seven survivors were left stranded in the isolated and monsoon-lashed port of Sugulli in Somali-land. Among the survivors were a burlesque queen; a minister weighed down with his own sense of guilt; the charming but disenchanted ship’s doctor, Christopher Wellard; and Juliet Barclay, a lovely and very wealthy widow.
A few hours later, their message for help was intercepted and destroyed by an insurgent Somali chief, the Sultan Ali Yacquibi. Unfortunately, that plea for help had been sent together with a report on the oil potential in Somali — a report of utmost interest to the Sultan.
Suddenly, a handful of marooned people found themselves engulfed by a wave of political intrigue and surging native rebellion. It was a situation that needed only the rash, desperate action of Christopher Wellard — inspired by his love for Juliet Barclay — to touch it off with explosive force. Unwittingly, Wellard brought down the wrath of the Sultan, and passed a sentence of death on his companions.
The subsequent siege by warring Somali tribesmen, the daring plot for escape concocted by the guilt-stricken Wellard, and the thrilling climax make for adventure at its best — all handled with Victor Canning’s innate feeling for pace, timing and suspense — and a story as timely as any news-flash from the Middle East today.”