First Edition. Very Good / Very Good. Item #5349
New York: The Viking Press, 1981. First Edition. Signed by the author on front free endpaper to writer and columnist William Safire with inscription "To Bill, From his friend, the novelist (why not?), David."
Octavo; 370pp. Illustrated dust jacket with original $13.95 price; book in marigold paper-covered boards with blue cloth spine and gilt lettering. Jacket lightly rubbed along edges with a firm, straight crease down top half of back joint, but with no chips or tears. Boards are sturdy and square. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Wise was a journalist for the New York Herald-Tribune when a young William Safire got his start there in the early 1950s. Spectrum was Wise's first novel and is based on the 1965 Apollo Affair, during which an American company in a Pittsburgh suburb was investigated for losing hundreds of pounds of enriched uranium, with speculations that it made its way to Israel's nuclear program.