The Quiet Dogs. John GARDNER.
The Quiet Dogs
The Quiet Dogs

The Quiet Dogs

[London]: 1980. Carbon typescript with holograph corrections, 411 pages, 4to (280 x 215 mm; 11 x 81/2 in.), a thorough revision of the draft manuscript apparently prepared at the final stages of pre-publication. Gardner has annotated some 215 pages, including the changing or removal of text, insertion or changing of words. Of these, 62 pages contain more extensive revisions, ranging from the insertion of a single sentence to an entire paragraph, in one of two pens (blue and black). Other minor editorial marks are found throughout the typescript. Some occasional handling wear. Item #401465

A working draft for Gardner’s third novel in his series about Big Herbie Kruger, the anti-hero British spy. Published in 1984, The Quiet Dogs finds Kruger washed up and regarded with suspicion by his MI6 director and colleagues. He is given the Quixotic mission of extracting a long-term asset in Moscow without leaving London, and finds the opportunity to vanquish the KGB officer who almost destroyed him four years earlier in The Garden of Weapons.

Several sections are heavily excised, reworked and written in manuscript, and the typescript contains at end 52 sheets separately typed for insertions at various places. An additional 15 pages of xeroxed typed notes are found, in which Gardner includes editorial issues that need addressing. His header on these sheets perhaps implies that the irregular pagination of the present typescript was a final submission to the publisher for collation with a previous draft: “Please note. All page number [sic] — other than those marked ‘new pages’ — are in original page numbering. The ‘new page’ numbers follow directly on to the original numbering. It will be most important to renumber ‘all’ pages by hand when the ms is finally put together after following the instructions below.’”.

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