A major new book on the sensational Portland Spy Ring and its famous trial in 1961
THE PORTLAND SPY RING was one of the most infamous espionage cases from the Cold War. People the world over were shocked when its exposure revealed the shadowy world of deep cover KGB 'illegals' - spies operating under false identities stolen from the dead.
The CIA's revelation to MI5 in 1960 that a KGB agent was stealing crucial secrets from the world-leading submarine research base at Portland in Dorset looked initially like a dangerous but contained lapse of security by a British man and his mistress. But the couple were tailed by MI5 'watchers' to a covert meeting with a Canadian businessman, Gordon Lonsdale. The unsuspecting Lonsdale in turn led MI5's spycatchers to an innocent-looking couple in suburban Ruislip called the Krogers. But within weeks the CIA rang the alarm - their critical source of intelligence was to defect within hours - and MI5 was forced to act immediately. The Krogers were exposed as two of the most important Russian 'illegals' ever, whom the Americans had been hunting for years. And Lonsdale was no Canadian, but a senior KGB controller.
This astonishing but true story of MI5's spyhunt is straight from the world of John le Carre and is told here for the first time using hitherto secret MI5 and FBI files, private family archives and original interviews. Its tentacles stretch around the world - from America, to the USSR, Canada, New Zealand, Europe and the UK. DEAD DOUBLES is a gripping episode of Cold War history, and a case that fully justified the West's paranoia about infiltration and treachery.
The definitive account of the famous Portland Spies - fascinating, detailed and completely gripping - Richard J Aldrich, author GCHQ
I read DEAD DOUBLES with admiration... Trevor Barnes has produced a remarkable book - Harvey Klehr, co-author Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America
Excellent and riveting, with a cast of characters as engaging as in any novel - John Sipher, Former Head, CIA Russian Operations, and CIA Station Chief in Asia and Europe
An enthralling account of one of the last great spy mysteries of the 20th Century - I loved it - John Preston, author of A Very English Scandal
Reads like a le Carre thriller - only true. A must read. - Ray Batvinis, former FBI Supervisory Special Agent of Counterintelligence
A rare combination of thrilling story and carefully documented history, the writing has a remarkable "you are there" quality that transports the reader back to the height of the Cold War - Nicholas Reynolds, former CIA Officer and author of NYT bestseller Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy