Here for your delectation is the SPECTACULAR & RARE----------------AN EXPENSIVE PLACE TO DIE by Len Deighton.
The Jeopardy question is: What is Paris?
To give his stories a convincing air of authenticity, Deighton included in them memos, technical data, and other documents and appendices. The publicity stunt of An Expensive Place to Die, with its set of faked "top secret documents", started to live its own life. Eventually a Slav tried to sell the facsimiles to a Russian working at the United Nations.
The first Len Deighton novel not narrated by Harry Palmer is in some ways more like The Ipcress File than Billion-Dollar Brain is. The cynical dark humour returns, and this gives the novel a similar atmosphere. It is, though, a more sordid novel, its subject being a high class Parisian brothel which has a sideline in blackmail, but it also shares the impression that the narrator has very little idea of what is actually going on - something which enables Deighton to spring surprises on the reader.
Like Harry Palmer, the narrator of An Expensive Place to Die remains anonymous, identified only as "the Englishman" by the other characters. In a new departure, his is not the only narrative voice. This is presumably so that the scenes can be rather more varied, with descriptions of events outside the Englishman's viewpoint.
The novel, whose title comes from an Oscar Wilde quip about Paris, is something of a mixed bag. As a thriller, it really has exciting atmosphere. The plot is diffuse, but it is interesting guessing exactly who is on which side. An Expensive Place to Die would interest any fan of spy thrillers.
This is the softcover stated Dell First Edition from April 1968. Other than a hint of scoliosis and a small cover corner crease, both the cover and the book are in excellent condition. There are no rips, tears, markings, etc.---and the pages and binding are tight (see photo). **Note: All books listed as FIRST EDITIONS are stated by the publisher in words or number lines--or--only stated editions that include only the publisher and publication date. Check my feedback to see that I sell exactly as I describe. So bid now for this magnificent, impossible-to-find THRILLER COLLECTIBLE.
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