London: Collins, 1954. First Edition. Hardcover. Spy novels have subtle differences in the hands of a woman. Among those subtleties are these: What is indispensable for the conduct of a man’s life is best learned from the most polished of women. The small rules of courtesy, the actions that win us the warmth or deference of others, the words that assure us a welcome, the attitudes that must be varied to mesh with character or situation, in fact, all social strategy. It is listening to women that teaches men how to speak to men. Fine / fine. Item #879
1st edition. Fine in a dustjacket, slightly dusty, visible only on the spine’s white letters and publisher’s logo, with some light pushing to the spine ends but otherwise fine. Christie revisits the spy novel in the footsteps of Ian Fleming’s first 2 Bond books (Casino Royale, 1953 and Live and Let Die, 1954).