Publication: Victor Gollancz, 1978, London
First edition limited to 99 numbered copies in special binding and signed by the author. As new, in quarter bound leather and marbled boards. Acetate dust jacket. An appreciation of the author by Len Deighton. A suspenseful tale based on the real-life story of a man who successfully spied for the Soviet Union for 40 years while living quietly in New York as a bookseller. Andrei Aarons is a double agent, advising U.S. presidents on Moscow's policies and politics in order to help preserve "peace" during the Cold War years. It is through his exposure to both governments that Aarons becomes painfully aware of the treachery and deceit in Moscow and the inconsistencies of U.S. democracy. Eventually, he is able to buy his freedom. With his wife, Tania, he flees his double life to live in Israel, where he finally finds a peace within himself. A beautiful book.
Inventory Number: 36721