The Fools In Town Are On Our Side – Ross Thomas (First Edition)

R950.00

“Hain’t we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain’t that a big enough majority in any town?” — Mark Twain

Ross Thomas chose the quotation from Huckleberry Finn as the text of his post World War II story as well as for the title. When Lucifer Dye is released from three months in a Hong Kong prison, debriefed, handed a false passport, a new wardrobe and a $20,000 check, his haughty control makes it clear that Dye’s career with his country has been permanently terminated. But a good agent is always in demand, and just a few hours later Dye is being interviewed for a highly ingenious position. Victor Orcutt, although a not very good imitation of a British pre-war gent, has creative talents of his own. He has his sights a small southern city, with the ordinary run-of-the-mill corruption one would expect in such a place. The canny Orcott knows there’s no profit in that . His creed is “To get better, it must be much worse.” He and his two associates have looked up Dye’s history, and he now offers the ex-spy’s a mission. For two and a half times the government’s bounty, Dye is to thoroughly corrupt the town. And the sly Dye takes the offer.”

Price: R950.00

Edition: First edition

Published: 1970

Publishers: Hodder and Stroughton

ISBN: 340127376

Condition: Hardcover (and gilt lettering on the spine) in very good condition with very minor shelf wear to the corner of the cover and top and bottom of the spine. Dust jacket if fair condition with scuff marks around the edges and light foxing allover. Very minor foxing on the end-papers, otherwise internally in very good condition – clean and tightly bound.

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“Hain’t we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain’t that a big enough majority in any town?” — Mark Twain

Ross Thomas chose the quotation from Huckleberry Finn as the text of his post World War II story as well as for the title. When Lucifer Dye is released from three months in a Hong Kong prison, debriefed, handed a false passport, a new wardrobe and a $20,000 check, his haughty control makes it clear that Dye’s career with his country has been permanently terminated. But a good agent is always in demand, and just a few hours later Dye is being interviewed for a highly ingenious position. Victor Orcutt, although a not very good imitation of a British pre-war gent, has creative talents of his own. He has his sights a small southern city, with the ordinary run-of-the-mill corruption one would expect in such a place. The canny Orcott knows there’s no profit in that . His creed is “To get better, it must be much worse.” He and his two associates have looked up Dye’s history, and he now offers the ex-spy’s a mission. For two and a half times the government’s bounty, Dye is to thoroughly corrupt the town. And the sly Dye takes the offer.”

Price: R950.00

Edition: First edition

Published: 1970

Publishers: Hodder and Stroughton

ISBN: 340127376

Condition: Hardcover (and gilt lettering on the spine) in very good condition with very minor shelf wear to the corner of the cover and top and bottom of the spine. Dust jacket if fair condition with scuff marks around the edges and light foxing allover. Very minor foxing on the end-papers, otherwise internally in very good condition – clean and tightly bound.

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Weight 700 g