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THE PALADIN: A NOVEL BASED ON FACT [SIGNED 1ST], Brian Garfield
1 THE PALADIN: A NOVEL BASED ON FACT [SIGNED 1ST] Brian Garfield
NY Simon and Schuster 1979 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket 
381 pages; Brian Francis Wynne Garfield is an American novelist and screenwriter. He wrote his first published book at the age of eighteen and wrote several novels under such pen names as "Frank Wynne" and "'Brian Wynne" before gaining prominence when his book "Hopscotch" (1975) won the 1976 Edgar Award for Best Novel. He is best known for his 1972 novel "Death Wish," which was adapted for the 1974 film of the same title, followed by four sequels, and an upcoming remake. His follow-up 1975 sequel to "Death Wish," "Death Sentence," was very loosely adapted into a film of the same name which was released to theaters in late 2007, though an entirely different storyline, but with the novel's same look on vigilantism. Garfield is also the author of "The Thousand-Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History. Garfield's latest book, published in 2007, is Meinertzhagen, the biography of controversial British intelligence officer Richard Meinertzhagen. Width: 6.5" Height: 9.75". "In 1940, Winston Churchill recruited a 15-year-old schoolboy to become a secret agent who would report to him personally. Throughout World War II, this boy -- who quickly became a man -- was ordered on many highly dangerous mission conducted in the utmost secrecy. His code name was Christopher Robin, and he was Churchill's paladin - his personal warrior." (Text from the front flap of dust jacket) Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first printing of this World War II novel. Garfield has signed his name under his printed name on the title page. The title page indicates that this work was written "in collaboration with "Christopher Creighton." This volume is bound in maroon cloth spine with tan paper-covered boards. Bright stamped gilt lettering appears on the spine and front cover. The book shows light external wear. The binding is firm. The pages are clean and without markings. The intact dust jacket, with price of $12.95 on the front flap, displays light shelfwear, with darkening at its edges. Brian Garfield THE PALADIN A NOVEL BASED ON FACT 1979 Author-Signed First Printing World War II Crime Novel American Literature; 0 35556 
Price: 65.75 USD
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