The Heart of the Matter


WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JAMES WOODScobie, a police officer serving in a war-time West African state, is distrusted, being scrupulously honest and immune to bribery. But then he falls in love, and in doing so he is forced to betray everything he believes in, with drastic and tragic consequences.


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Winner of the 1948 James Tait Black Memorial Prize and considered one of the best English language novels of the twentieth century.

"A superb storyteller with a gift for provoking controversy."
--"New York Times"
"Greene had the sharpest eyes for trouble, the finest nose for human weaknesses, and was pitilessly honest in his observations . . . For experience of a whole century he was the man within."
--Norman Sherry, "Independent"

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  • : Arrow
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : 9780099478423
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : September 2004
  • : stationery