Advance Agent 1942 John August [Bernard DeVoto] World War II Spy Thriller Novel


Title: Advance Agent

Author: John August [Bernard DeVoto]

Description: Second printing, January 1942. Publisher's tan buckram cloth stamped in brown with a decorative ''JA'' on the front cover. A bit spine cocked. Boards show some general discoloration. Some scattered soiling. Lending library rubber stamp on p. 100, but not other library indications. One page with a chipped corner. Dust jacket is edgeworn with a small bit of chipping at spine ends and corners; not price clipped ($2.50); in an archival mylar sleeve. Dust jacket illustration by George F. Kelley. Scarce. Published one month after the U.S. declared war on Japan and Germany.

WWII-milieu secret agent-spy thriller by John August (pseudonym of Bernard DeVoto, 1897-1955). From the front flap, ''This is a spy story in a class by itself. Two highly incandescent love affairs flare and sputter through its pages. It is packed with brittle talk and streamlined violence. Oberleutnant Friedrich Romer escapes from a prison train in the dusk of Ontario. He goes to cover in a pleasant New England town--at the estate of isolationist leader Lynn Scovil... Strange things are afoot. Nightly, trucks rumble in the back country. The local ski camp is run by a refugee with the look of a Prussian drillmaster. Add the presence of a fading Mata Hari, a Nazi agent, a too-curious reporter and an impressionable beauty...

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Good+
Jacket Condition: Very Good

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Place: Boston
Year: 1942

Keywords: novel, spy, thriller, World War II, WWII,

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