1952 1st year edition; Walter J. Black publishers, New York; smaller hardbound in wheat textured boards with brown lettering along spine; quite good condition with unmarked pages; no dust jacket.
An English businessman finds his life in danger when he accidentally receives secret information from a defector from East Germany.
Chapter 1. At sea
The big cabin cruiser rushed on through the darkness, the faint glimmer from the binnacle lamp showing nothing but the face of the man at the wheel like a mask hung upon a black wall. The sky was overcast though occasionally a rent in the clouds showed for a moment a few stars covered again at once as the hurrying rack streamed across. The sea was getting up; the steady hiss of the bows cutting through the water was more and more frequently interrupted by the heavy spatter of spray unpon the deck...