By Len Deighton
A ferociously cool chilly warfare mystery from the writer of The Ipcress File.
Len Deighton’s 3rd novel has turn into a vintage, as compelling and suspenseful now as while it first exploded directly to the bestseller lists.
In Berlin, the place neither facet of the wall is secure, Colonel Stok of crimson military defense is ready to promote a massive Russian scientist to the West – for a cost. British intelligence are prepared to pay, supplying their very own most sensible undercover agent is in Berlin to behave as go-between. however it quickly turns into obvious that in the back of the facade of an complicated mock funeral lies a video game of lethal manoeuvres and ruthless strategies. A online game during which the blood-stained legacy of Nazi Germany is enmeshed within the elaborate strikes of chilly battle espionage…
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He reamed the bowl of his pipe with it, laying off crispy, well-done items of tobacco in a bad little heap. ‘Another means then. ’ He prodded the detritus together with his finger. ‘Sort out the plane businesses who've given any kind of hospitality or leisure . . . ’ ‘Not airplane firms,’ acknowledged Alice. ‘This is missiles – we have to have the engineering organisations. ’ ‘Where the Inland profit period in-between research indicates over £10,000 within the final financial yr. We’ll method any new corporations afterwards. It has to teach up there someplace, it’s only a topic of retaining at it. positioned them at the computer later, Alice, it makes this kind of poor noise. ’ Alice walked throughout to Dawlish’s table and thoroughly folded up the tobacco ash right into a neat envelope and placed it into the waste basket. Then she straightened the pen set and went out. Dawlish acknowledged, ‘“Variations for wind band”, eh? really nice. really nice. ’ I acknowledged, ‘You be aware of Harvey Newbegin – kingdom division. Been in Prague for many years now? ’ Dawlish acknowledged ‘Newbegin’ softly to himself time and again placing the emphasis on each syllable i may have considered and 2 syllables that didn’t exist. Dawlish produced a glittery plastic pouch and commenced to pound clean golden tobacco into the bowl of his pipe. ‘Trouble,’ stated Dawlish quietly like that used to be one other identify that somebody had requested him if he remembered. ‘Trouble with a woman in . . . ’ He regarded up and, elevating his voice and the stem of his pipe in unison, he acknowledged ‘Prague’ particularly loudly. ‘That’s what I said,’ I acknowledged. ‘Prague. I’ve simply informed you that. ’ ‘Told me what? ’ stated Dawlish vaguely. ‘Newbegin – country division in Prague. ’ ‘It’s now not worthy arguing about,’ acknowledged Dawlish. ‘Why, shall we have gotten it from the files in a minute or . There’s no use to take this kind of infantile savor remembering trivialities. ’ ‘I imagine we must always hire him,’ I acknowledged. ‘No,’ acknowledged Dawlish, ‘I can’t agree. ’ ‘Why? ’ ‘Four years with the USA Defence division ahead of going to nation division. they are going to be as paranoiac as whatever if we supply him a freelance. ’ i noticed that Dawlish knew approximately Harvey being fired and were giving our file on Newbegin a cautious going over even with all that vagueness approximately his identify. ‘I imagine it’s worthy chancing it,’ I stated. ‘He’s a chief guy. ’ ‘What type of funds might he wish? ’ stated Dawlish carefully. ‘He’s an FSO three. I’d say he’s making fourteen thousand money a yr. On most sensible of that he’ll be getting put up differential, quarters, and whisky allowance . . . ’ ‘Good grief, man,’ acknowledged Dawlish. ‘I recognize all that. that kind of cash is out of the query. ’ ‘But there's something that we will supply him that won’t fee a bean,’ I stated, ‘a British passport for his destiny spouse – this Czech woman. ’ ‘You suggest naturalize Newbegin in order that his spouse becomes British by way of marriage. ’ ‘No, I don’t suggest that,’ I acknowledged. ‘Let Newbegin retain his US passport and provides the woman a British one. It offers us a little extra keep an eye on. ’ ‘You’ve received all of it labored out, haven’t you? ’ acknowledged Dawlish. ‘Yes,’ I stated. ‘Do you think that Czech intelligence have gotten a carry at the woman?