'Truly a classic writer of espionage fiction' - Len Deighton
Jan Massey, Head of British Intelligence in Berlin, falls in love with Anna Kholkov, wife of a KGB officer. When she is arrested Massey is forced into betraying his country. Arthur Johnson, a signalman working in Massey's Berlin office, has other reasons for betraying his country, as does Eric Mayhew, at GCHQ in the UK. At GCHQ's American counterpart, the NSA, James Vick is manipulated into betrayal by the apparently unattainable Kirstin Swenson, who works for the KGB.
Four people - with different motivations and in different circumstances - all betray their countries. But Massey refuses to betray the woman he loves... and as the fragile counter-intelligence network starts reacting to the ripples of Massey's treason, so the four stories begin to connect.
'Ted Allbeury without doubt ranks among the finest genre writers I've read' - Glenn Meade
A comprehensive cloak-and-dagger outing with no heroes and few out-and-out villains. Absorbing and sturdily crafted. - London Review of Books
Ted Allbeury is one of our best spy thriller writers, quiet, thoughtful and menacingly compelling. - The Post, Nottingham
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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