A hardcover UK first edition, ( co published by Jonathan Cape & Hodder UK, 1982 ) of the second James Bond book written by John Gardner - For Special Services. Gardner, with the permission of the Ian Fleming estate, renewed publication of James Bond novles with the earlier 'Licence Renewed' .
Gardner here posits Bond being on loan to the US intelligence services, where he is partnered with Cedar Leitner, the daughter of his old acquanitance Felix Leitner. Their enemy is the old adversary, SPECTRE, and the new heirs to Blofeld's criminal empire.
Internally, very good, first printing, no inscriptions.
Externally - Dustjacket - Fair - the back cover has a large triangular tear missing from the bottom edge ( and closed tears and creases to the jacket elsewhere) The striking cover art of a coiled snake is by Bill Botten.