Publication: Saturday Review Press, 1973, New York
First edition. Author's first espionage novel. Inked gift inscription on the front free fly leaf: "To Otto and Carolyn from their grateful and affect. friend. Chas McCarry." The inscription is to Otto Penzler of The Mysterious Bookshop and his wife Carolyn. Fine, bright, square copy in a sparkling, as new, dust jacket, complete with the wraparound, promotional banner. Red top edges are bright and unfaded. Introduces Paul Christopher. 20th Century Crime and Mystery Writers says, "The Miernik Dossier is something of a masterpiece, a novel of espionage that succeeds at every ambitious level the author attempts and reverberates with possibility. The narrative is carried solely by documents--the reports of various agents, their debriefings, letters, bugged telephone conversations, comments, diaries--and concerns a group of disparate people of several nationalities, all of whom are in one way or another involved with espionage." Further in their glowing report they say, "The Miernick Dossier is indeed a dossier, but demonstrates an artfulness and meaning that its documentary authenticity suggests without belaboring; it is truly a remarkable book, one of the finest novels of espionage in recent years. An exceptional copy of the first novel by America's greatest espionage writer.
Inventory Number: 45258