1992 "First Edition" stated; Alfred A. Knopf publishers, New York; hardbound with apricot and black boards and gilt lettering and art on cover and spine; some minor foxing/aging on black areas; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket good.
"In 1961, a young English scientist working at China Lake - the top secret U.S. Naval Weapons Center in the Mojave Desert - is charged with passing secrets to the Soviets. Whe an investigation reluctantly clears his name but finds no other suspect at hand, the incident is hushed up, locked behind a heavey door of bureaucratic embarrassment. Now, thenty-five years later, that door is about to swing open again, and when it does, David Harper and Jack Tannis will be drawn inexorably across its threshold..."
China Lake -
Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake is a part of Navy Region Southwest under Commander, Navy Installations Command and is located in the Western Mojave Desert region of California, approximately 150 miles (240 km) north of Los Angeles. Occupying three counties – Kern, San Bernardino and Inyo – the installation's closest neighbors are the cities of Ridgecrest, Inyokern, Trona and Darwin. The main gate of the installation is located at the intersection of Inyokern Road (Highway 178) and China Lake Blvd. in the city of Ridgecrest.
China Lake is the United States Navy's largest single landholding, representing 85% of the Navy's land for weapons and armaments research, development, acquisition, testing and evaluation (RDAT&E) use and 38% of the Navy's land holdings worldwide. In total, its two ranges and main site cover more than 1,100,000 acres (4,500 km2), an area larger than the state of Rhode Island. As of 2010, at least 95% of that land has been left undeveloped. The roughly $3 billion infrastructure of the installation consists of 2,132 buildings and facilities, 329 miles (529 km) of paved roads, and 1,801 miles (2,898 km) of unpaved roads.
The 19,600 square miles (51,000 km2) of restricted and controlled airspace at China Lake makes up 12% of California's total airspace.