'No one since Le Carr has mapped the lonely lunar landscape of espionage better than Allbeury.' - Observer
The debriefing of Russian defector Colonel Petrov is nearly over, when suddenly he dries up. SIS agent James Lawler has to find out why, but Petrov will only say he is scared of being killed - like British double-agent George Blake.
But Blake had escaped to Russia, alive. Or had he To uncover the deadly truth, Lawler has to delve into the murky, intricate past of a traitor and learn the explosive truth behind what could lead a man to betray his country.
Allbeury's gift for astute psychological insight into the make-up and motivation of a spy, and he combines it with expert story telling. - Publishers Weekly
A master of the genre ... he writes as sensitively on matters of the heart as he does on cloak and dagger daring-do. - Los Angeles Times
A masterpiece of tension - Standard
A splendid story that grips like a vice fom the very start - Book Choice
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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