Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1946. First Edition. Octavo (20cm); red cloth, illustrations and text stamped in black, in pictorial dustwrapper; 398pp, frontis.,5 plates. Boards rubbed; dustwrapper soiled and worn, with chipping and short tears to extremities; mild foxing throughout textblock, some pages dogeared. Overall Very Good.
Author Josef Berger is perhaps best known as a speechwriter for the Democratic National Committee and many prominent American politicans, including presidents Truman, Roosevelt, and Johnson. However, he also wrote a number of juvenile books, including an adventure series starring a seafaring lad named Jim Ellis. In Counterspy Jim, young Ellis (now a Navy lieutenant) has been recruited to investigate why a freighter's convoys are being attacked. With five b/w plate illustrations throughout the text.