The Adventures of a Stainless Steel Rat
by Harry Harrison
1972 Doubleday Book Club Edition
Hardcover w/Dust Jacket 406 pages, Measures 8.5 x 5.75 x 1 inch Weighs 1 pound 2 ounces
Jacket painting by Gary Viskupic
Condition: DJ Good, Book Very Good.
Dust Jacket is very sunned at the spine. Front of DJ has small chips and small closed tears.
Hardcover is lovely, solid sturdy brown boards. Clean white pages.
An excellent copy.
"The Stainless Steel Rat, The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge & The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World
From the author of The Deathworld trilogy - a trio of topflight SF adventures in one volume!"
"James Bolivar DiGriz
The Stainless Steel Rat is James Bolivar DiGriz, who goes by many aliases, including "Slippery Jim" and "The Stainless Steel Rat". He is a futuristic con man, thief, and all-round rascal. He is charming and quick-witted. He is also a master of disguise and martial arts, an accomplished bank robber, a criminal mastermind, an expert on breaking and entering, and (perhaps most usefully) a skilled liar. Master of self-rationalization, the Rat frequently justifies his crimes by arguing that he is providing society with entertainment; and besides which, he only steals from institutions that have insurance coverage. He displays a strong sense of morality, albeit in a much more restricted sense than is traditional. For example, DiGriz will steal without compunction, but deplores killing.
From the original publisher's blurb:
We must be as stealthy as rats in the wainscoting of their society. It was easier in the old days, of course, and society had more rats when the rules were looser, just as old wooden buildings have more rats than concrete buildings. But there are rats in the building now as well. Now that society is all ferrocrete and stainless steel there are fewer gaps in the joints. It takes a very smart rat indeed to find these openings. Only a stainless steel rat can be at home in this environment.
The character was introduced in Harrison's short story,"The Stainless Steel Rat", which was first published in 1957 in Astounding magazine. The story introduces the Rat, who has just carried out a successful larceny operation, and subsequently details a complex bank robbery the Rat pulls off with ease; however, he is outfoxed by the mysterious "Special Corps" — a crime-fighting organisation staffed with former criminals — and recruited by them in order to fight crime. Harrison used the story, with minor modifications, as the introduction to the series' first full-length novel, also called The Stainless Steel Rat. Like other characters created by Harrison, the Rat is a speaker of Esperanto and advocates atheism."
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