Déricourt: The Chequered Spy. Jean Overton Fuller.

Déricourt: The Chequered Spy

Salisbury, U.K. Michael Russell (Publishing) Ltd., 1989. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo (9 1/2 inches / 240 mm), viii, 407 pages, in publisher's original blue cloth. Foxing and a bit of soiling to top and fore edges. The dust jacket has some minor edge wear. A Very Good copy. The author, Jean Overton Fuller (1915-2009), was a prolific British author who specialized in writing about real espionage cases. Here, she tries to unravel the mysterious case of Henri Déricourt (1909-1962), a French pilot who was an undercover agent for the British during World War II. Déricourt aided the Resistance in France but was also in touch with the Germans. Indeed, he was accused of having sacrificed Allied agents to the Germans. So the question arises: Was he a double agent, working for the Nazis? Or was he instead under the control of British Intelligence throughout the war? The author, who knew Déricourt well, believes he engaged in "loyal treason," meaning that he ultimately acted under British orders. Laid in to the book is a 1994 typed letter from Fuller to American author Robert S. Greene (this book belonged to Greene) regarding some genealogical questions Greene had posed. There are also two 2009 typed letters from Overton's executor, London bookseller Timothy d'Arch Smith, regarding her last year, illnesses and demise. Altogether, an interesting look at Déricourt by a prolific author of nonfiction espionage books. Item #1286
ISBN: 0859551490

Price: $175.00

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