London: Constable, 2003. 8vo. First edition. Original black hardcovers, silvergilt. Jacket design by Nick Castle. Signed by the author in blue ink on the title page. Fine in fine d/w. Item #5215
Mick Herron's debut novel is also the first of four to feature Zoë Boehm, private investigator. When a neighbouring house in suburban south Oxford is destroyed by a massive explosion, and a child disappears in the aftermath, Sarah Tucker - a young, married woman, bored and unhappy with her life - becomes obsessed with trying to find the little girl. Now best-known for his series about Jackson Lamb and the Slow Horses of Slough House (currently being filmed for television with Gary Oldman as Lamb), this is where it all began (with a bang). A fine, signed, first impression. Scarce.
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