London: Jonathan Cape, 1963. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo. Fine / Near Fine. Item #006963
First edition, second impression. Full red cloth with "Downgraded to unclassified" stamp vignette to front board. Black endpapers. 255 pp. Fine condition. Dust jacket is price clipped and has some damp staining to spine ends, bumping to extremities, short tear to foot of free joint. Len Deighton's Secret File No. 1 was a sensation. Here is a second Secret File, with skin-diving, drug trafficking and blackmail involved in a curious story in which the dead hand of a long-defeated Hitler-Germany reaches out to Portugal, London, Marrakech and to all the neo-Nazis of 1960s Europe. The detail is frightening but unfaultable; the story as up to date as an M.I.5 file.