The Fourth Protocol - Frederick ForsythLondon, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland & Johannesburg: Hutchinson, 1984, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Signed by the author, with dedication, on the half-title page — without provenance.
From the cover: “A jewel robbery in London’s West End forms the deceptively simple opening to Frederick Forsyth’s fifth novel, the first since The Devil’s Alternative. But there is much more at stake than a handful of rare diamonds in this, his most ambitious book to date. Gradually, with that mastery of story-telling which he has made his own, Forsyth unfolds the details of a plan of spine-chilling ingenuity designed to shatter the defences of the West and change the face of British society for ever — a plan that, in its cynical ruthlessness, will breach the ultra-secret Fourth Protocol and turn the fears that shaped it into a living nightmare.
Hatched in a remote dacha in the forest outside Moscow, Plan Aurora is executed with relentless brilliance and skill by a hand-picked team. A crack Soviet agent, placed under cover in a quiet Suffolk town, begins to assemble the pieces of a jigsaw of devastation. Working blind on the faintest of clues, obstructed by his own chief, MIS investigator John Preston leads an operation of the greatest urgency, racing against an unknown deadline -and against internecine feuding and lethal power games among his own superiors.
Even by the standards of Frederick Forsyth’s earlier novels The Fourth Protocol is outstanding — for sheer excitement, for incomparable story-telling, for its rivetingly authentic detail, for its revelations about the explosive interface between politics and intelligence activity on both sides. The Fourth Protocol is a mighty entertainment by the world’s master thriller-writer, a superlative adventure in a class of its own.”