XPD by Len Deighton (1981, Hardcover)

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by Len Deighton
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Copyright 1981
Book Club Edition

1979.  A stolen World War II document is about to surface -- galvanizing the most ruthless secret agents of Great Britain, America, Germany, and the Soviet Union into a desperate battle of wits and violence.  Because this document, if made public, would reveal England's greatest, most closely guarded wartime secret:  a clandestine meeting in June 1940 between Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler to discuss the possibility of England's surrender.  Fot almost forty years, this secret has been considered so dangerous to the security of the realm that anyone who learns of it must die, his file stamped XPD:  Expedient Demise . . . .

Len Deighton's new masterpiece of intrigue rushes from Beverly Hills to London, from Lake Geneva to the Baltic Sea, until -- the suspense mounting -- it reaches an ingenious and unexpected climax on a movie set of the Fuhrer's study under the shadow of the Nazi eagle.

No one explores with greater skill than Deighton the world of international double-dealing and conspiracy, of treachery and deceit.  With its expert interweaving of fact and invention, its wheals-within-wheels of mystery and violence, XPD is a superb example of his craft -- a brilliant successor to Deighton's great best sellers The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin, and SS-GB.

Condition:  Used.  Hardcover.  Dust cover.  Pages may be tanning and discolored from age.  Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper.  Dust cover and flaps may be tanning from age and show a bit of edge wear and light creases.  There's a half-inch tear on the bottom of the front dust cover.


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