The story involves old skool spying: dead letter drops, surveillance, micro dots, double agents. Set in Berlin just before and after the raising of the wall. It was a bleak time for Europe, so many human tragedies amid the brutality of the Cold War. The superpowers jockeying for position, endlessly testing each other's will and resolve. The threat of nuclear obliteration a very real one. My early years were spent under that spectre like so many people. Maybe that is one of the reasons I like these spy stories so much, a kind of nostalgia!
The book isn't perfect but is a fitting way to tie up so many threads, if you read it I highly recommend (re)reading The Spy... first though!
|The fallen Berlin wall, scan from original photo I took|