The Day the Call Came by Thomas Hinde, 1st/1st, 1964
London: Hodder and Stoughton, (1964). First edition. This is a near fine copy. The dust wrapper, designed by Reingaum, is clean and bright and has not been price clipped. There is very light bruising and toning to the edges. The text blocks are bright and white, and the boards are free from chips and marks. Overall, this is a near fine copy.
The hero of this classic tale of paranoia is Harry Bale, a married father of two with a house in the suburbs and a penchant for gardening. Affable and mild-mannered, he is to all outward appearance perfectly ordinary. No one-not even his wife-knows what he is really up to. Harry is awaiting a call from his superiors on the radio transmitter hidden beneath the attic floorboards. There are signs the call will come soon: he has begun to receive sinister messages by letter and telephone, and he thinks he has uncovered a monstrous conspiracy involving his neighbours.