This is the first edition Published by John Murray (Publishers) Ltd in 1991.
ISBN: 0 7195 4839 X
Powerful Jewish merchants, corrupt customs officials, a French Marshal and a beautiful widow of ambiguous loyalty play their part in this compelling story with its background Napoleon’s Europe. 10th. of the series.
A grey cloth bond book with gilt lettering to the spine; no inscriptions or marks; page block tight; all pages immaculate and un-sunned. Condition is FINE. Signed on the title page by the author.Dustwrapper complete, no tears, bright and clean with only minute signs of storage wear. Condition at least NEAR FINE encased in protective sleeve.
An excellent copy.
247 pages. 165 mm. x 240 mmm. x 27 mm.
Weight unwrapped 660 grams for postage > 750 grams.
Price: £22:50 including U.K. postage.For overseas postage quote please email.
Book's front flap blurb:
In 1809, operating on the orders of the Admiralty’s Secret Department. Captain Nathaniel Drinkwater goes to earth in the stews of London’s dockland, assuming the disguise of a shipmaster of the Merchant Marine of low character. An engineered encounter with a known French agent in a brothel advertises the fact that he will shortly be carrying a cargo of military stores to Russia.
Intended to flout Napoleon’s Continental System and drive a wedge between the French Emperor and his new ally. Tsar Alexander, the mission miscarries, disrupted by tempestuous weather and the loss of the escort, a gun-brig commanded by Drinkwater’s friend and protégé, Lieutenant James Quilhampton.
Reaching the British-occupied island of Helgoland, Drinkwater resolves on a stroke bolder than that conceived by the Admiralty and in carrying it out at great personal risk, learns the fate of Quilhampton and the strange role of a beautiful widow.
This is the tenth compelling story in the life of Nathaniel Drinkwater.