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Book Description
Octavo (233 x 150mm), pp. [6 (preliminaries)], 329, [1 (list of books by Ian Fleming)]. Original publisher’s black boards with silver skull on upper cover and lettered in silver on the spine, dustwrapper, not price-clipped, dark blue endpapers with technical drawings of Bond gadgets. (Very slightly bumped at corners, dustwrapper very slightly creased at the edges.) A very good copy.
Dealer Notes
First edition. The first of two Bond novels by the award-winning novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz (the second was 2018’s Forever and a Day), Trigger Mortis is set in 1957, two weeks after the events of Goldfinger. ‘James Bond (agent 007) has only just survived his showdown with Auric Goldfinger at Fort Knox … The USSR and the West are in a deadly struggle for technological superiority … The Soviet counter-intelligence agency plans to sabotage a Grand Prix race at the most dangerous track in Europe … Soon Bond is pitched into an entirely different race with implications that could change the world’ (dustwrapper).

In his review of Trigger Mortis Simon Schama wrote that ‘Anthony Horowitz has written a humdinger of a Bond story, so cunningly crafted and thrillingly paced that 007’s creator would have been happy to have owned it. […] [F]rom his brilliant first chapter on, Horowitz is a pitch-perfect mimic of the Fleming one-line punch: “Rain swept into London like an angry bride.” “Silence sat in the room, an uninvited guest.” He even gets the clichés spot on. “Just he and the Maserati, plunging into the green hell.” […] Horowitz is a purist, so the mood is martini-nostalgic even if he gets the recipe a little off. The time is the 1950s, the cold war; M is still pipe-smoking and dyspeptic; the Soviet secret service Smersh is up to no good and there are rockets to be interfered with. The book is the best Bond movie you’ll ever see without actually having to see the movie. There is a nail-biter at the Nürburgring racetrack, the mother of all chases deep in the New York subway, and the obligatory procession of excitingly hard women, beginning with Pussy Galore and ending with Jeopardy Lane. (Pussy the bored tourist in London is an inspired touch.) The über-villain gets to deliver the usual lengthy autobiographical narrative explaining how he has come to be dead to all human feeling, and Bond, also as usual, responds in the most insulting way he can by brushing off the pathos as the self-indulgent ravings of a sociopath. As a result he is consigned to the kind of elaborately sadistic fate from which the wide-eyed reader cannot possibly believe 007 will escape, even as we all know he must’ (The Financial Times, 28 August 2015).
Author HOROWITZ, Anthony and Ian Lancaster FLEMING
Date 2015
Publisher London: Orion Books

Price: £12.50

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