A Forest of Eyes - Victor CanningNew York: M. S. Mill Co. & William Morrow & Co., 1950, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, now wrapped in a removable protective sleeve. Leans very slightly. Previous owners' name to the first blank.
From the cover: “Robert Hudson had no thought of intrigue — certainly no thought of disaster — as he watched the lovely singer. Franja Pazan was blonde, slender, self-contained even when the bullet sang into her wrist.
She didn’t want Hudson’s help. The bullet, you see, had merely struck the wrong person and Franja had a job to do.
Hudson had no idea, then, of what lay before him. He was just an Englishman in a foreign country on legitimate business. But he knew the girl was beautiful — and afraid.
Later, when an accident robbed him of his one close friend, he found how little he really knew of the game that was being played. And overnight he became the chief pawn.
Zarko, the police chief, had nothing to go on. But he was a good policeman and he watched Hudson constantly for the things he could not be sure of. The town itself became a “forest of eyes”, all of them observing the “foreigner”.
Gradually a relationship develops between Hudson and Zarko that is one of the most interesting in the book. In a manner of speaking Zarko is the villain of the piece, yet his personality has a warmth and wisdom that demands — and receives — Hudson’s respect. They are major antagonists, yet between them there grows almost a friendliness — a very particular kind of friendliness, since it is quite certain to end in death.
The threads of deceit and destruction running through are not unique. Their counterparts exist. Similar stories are played out almost daily in some parts of the world. What is unique is the brilliance with which they are woven into A Forest of Eyes… a novel vivid with a sense of life being lived to the hilt — under circumstances that could happen to you.”