The Python Project - Victor CanningLondon: Heinemann, 1967, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a short tear to the head of the spine now reinforced with tape on the verso.
Signed by the author, with dedication, on the title page — without provenance.
From the cover: “Missing: a gold python arm bracelet, value five thousand pounds — chicken-feed to Gloriana Stankowski, who’s worth nearly a million. But the bracelet has been stolen from her by her brother Martin Freeman, and why should that dream-dealer get away with it?
Find Freeman and return the bracelet: for Rex Carver it’s a routine recovery operation — until he meets the glorious Gloriana. After that nothing’s routine. Down at Freeman’s Kent cottage Carver collects a clue — and a corpse falls out of the chemical closet.
The trail leads through Paris, Florence and Rome, to the sandy shores of North Africa. On the way the action snowballs. Carver learns (1) he is not alone in his search for Freeman; (2) the search itself is a lead-in to a daring kidnapping plot; (3) the plot has committed two major Powers to a ruthless battle of wits; (4) in this battle he is being used as a pawn-by both sides; (5) the life expectancy of the pawn is — zero.”