'Truly a classic writer of espionage fiction' - Len Deighton
John Rennie is an officer in the SIS. Unshakeable, dedicated, Rennie is a true professional. He is sent to Paris to investigate the kidnapping of another SIS officer. The trail leads him to Amsterdam and to the Arab terrorist cell responsible for the abduction.
Rennie is ordered to snatch the children of a prominent Arab, and the SIS officer is released. But Rennie is not happy about the distress caused to the children and he resigns, threatening to expose the SIS 'dirty tricks' department.
Tipped off that he is to be eliminated he makes his way secretly to Canada with his drop-out girlfriend from Amsterdam. But escaping his old life could never be so easy...
Unmistakably authentic - The Literary Review
He is certainly the most skilled narrator of what goes on behind the scenes of the undercover spy world, and - what is so splendid and welcome - he does it all with a superb economy of words. - The Bookseller - Eric Hiscock
The most consistently inventive of our novelists of espionage, the one that other thriller writers point to as the finest craftsman among them. - Guardian
No one since le Carr? has mapped the lonely lunar landscape of espionage better than Allbeury. - Observer
Ted Allbeury was a lieutenant-colonel in the Intelligence Corps during World War II, and later a successful executive in the fields of marketing, advertising and radio. He began his writing career in the early 1970s and became well known for his espionage novels, but also published one highly-praised general novel, THE CHOICE, and a short story collection, OTHER KINDS OF TREASON. His novels have been published in twenty-three languages, including Russian. He died on 4th December 2005.
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