A Gun for Sale

A Gun for Sale

by Graham Greene (Author)


Raven is an assassin, a hired killer, and his brutal murder of the Minister raises the spectre of war across Europe. As the nation prepares for battle, Raven goes on the run, hunted by the police and hunting the man who paid him in stolen banknotes, eventually unearthing the terrible truth behind the killing. A Gun for Sale was published two years before Brighton Rock, and its themes and characters provide a striking echo to that more famous novel, providing a fascinating glimpse into the working mind of a master novelist.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Published: 03 May 2001

ISBN 10: 0099286149
ISBN 13: 9780099286141
Book Overview: The forerunner in its tone and themes to Greene's masterpiece Brighton Rock, A Gun for Sale is a noir thriller shot through with violence, betrayal and tormented souls. With an introduction by Robert Macfarlane.

Media Reviews
Graham Greene taught us to understand the social and economic cripples in our midst. He taught us to look at each other with new eyes. I don't suppose his influence will ever disappear -- Auberon Waugh * Independent *
A masterly storyteller... An enormously popular writer who was also one of the most significant novelists of his time * Newsweek *
Graham Greene had wit and grace and character and story and a transcendent universal compassion that places him for all time in the ranks of world literature -- John Le Carre
Author Bio
Graham Greene was born in 1904. He worked as a journalist and critic, and in 1940 became literary editor of the Spectator. He was later employed by the Foreign Office. As well as his many novels, Graham Greene wrote several collections of short stories, four travel books, six plays, three books of autobiography, two of biography and four books for children. He also wrote hundreds of essays, and film and book reviews. Graham Greene was a member of the Order of Merit and a Companion of Honour. He died in April 1991.