Edition: First printing.
New York: Ballantine, (1988) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, which tells two parallel stories: one set in 1972 and the other in 1790 during the French Revolution. Catherine Velis, a computer expert on her way to Algeria for the accounting firm where she is employed, is invited to take a mysterious moonlighting assignment: recover the pieces of an old chess set missing for centuries - one that had reputedly originally belonged to Charlemagne. Neville's book was among the first to combine magic and history in a thriller - it preceded books such as the Da Vinci Code and Mosse's Labyrinth. 550 pp. ISBN: 0-345351371.
Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.) Uncommon in this condition.