|Publisher||Alfred A. Knopf|
Alfred A Knopf, 1996. FIRST EDITION stated. Dark blue boards, gray spine, silver gilt lettering. Fine with full-color illustrated end-papers showing an interesting vintage depiction of the building of the Panama Canal, in an illustrated dust jacket, small closed tear on fold. Harry Pendel, Jewish-Irish foster child, is the charismatic proprietor and guiding genius of Pendel and Braithwaite Limitada, Tailors to Royalty. Andrew Osnard, mysterious and fleshly, is an Old Etonian and spy.His secret mission is two-pronged: to keep a watchful eye on the political manoeuvrings leading up to the American handover of the Panama Canal at midday on 31st December 1999; and to secure for himself the immense private fortune that has until now churlishly eluded him. And Osnard knows more about Pendel than Pendel knows himself." The story of the title character who becomes a reluctant spy for a British secret agent. Basis for the John Boorman film with Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush and Jamie Lee Curtis. ".. thrilling, hilarious novel .. a satire about the fate of truth in modern times" 331 pages.