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The Private Sector

(1971)
(The first book in the Peter Marlow series)
A novel by

 
 
Eric Ambler, John Buchan, Erskine Childers, Arthur Conan Doyle, Joseph Conrad, Len Deighton, Ian Fleming, Frederick Forsyth, Graham Greene, Geoffrey Household, John le Carre, Robert Ludlum and Joseph Hone. What do they have in common? They wrote spy thrillers and all have appeared in a recent survey of the fifty best books in that genre. Although he may be the least known the inclusion of Joseph Hone was not eccentric. The particular title chosen was The Private Sector the first of his Peter Marlow titles. The author and the title are fully deserving of this accolade. The time is May, 1967 in the weeks leading up to the Arab/Israeli six day war. The place is Cairo. The story is Peter Marlow's, an Irish teacher and secret agent sent from London to find his friend and fellow spy, Henry Edwards who has vanished from Cairo. During the course of this fool's errand, he also finds his former wife, Bridget, who is now deeply involved with Edwards both emotionally and professionally. Marlow moves easily British and Egyptian intelligence branches, attaching his allegiance to neither until he becomes the unwitting victim of a failed plot to topple Nasser. Credible and dramatic, this is a story of callous political and human intrigue and of a mission which can only succeed if none of the men return.

Genre: Thriller

Used availability for Joseph Hone's The Private Sector

Hardback Editions

1972 : USA Hardback
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Title: The private sector
Author(s): Joseph Hone
ISBN: 0-525-18469-4 / 978-0-525-18469-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: E. P. Dutton
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June 1971 : UK Hardback
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Title: Private Sector
Author(s): Joseph Hone
ISBN: 0-241-01738-6 / 978-0-241-01738-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
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Paperback Editions

October 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Private Sector (A Peter Marlow spy thriller)
Author(s): Joseph Hone
ISBN: 0-571-31564-X / 978-0-571-31564-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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October 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Private Sector
Author(s): Joseph Hone
ISBN: 0-571-25521-3 / 978-0-571-25521-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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August 1989 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Private Sector (Collier Spymasters Series)
Author(s): Joseph Hone
ISBN: 0-02-012612-3 / 978-0-02-012612-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Collier Books
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March 1975 : UK Paperback
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Title: Private Sector (Coronet Books)
Author(s): Joseph Hone
ISBN: 0-340-19490-1 / 978-0-340-19490-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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May 1973 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Private Sector
Author(s): Joseph Hone
ISBN: 0-451-05463-6 / 978-0-451-05463-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Signet
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Audio Editions

August 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Private Sector, The (A Marlow Mystery)
Author(s): Joseph Hone
ISBN: 1-5318-1672-X / 978-1-5318-1672-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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November 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Private Sector
Author(s): Joseph Hone
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon