'A remarkable achievement . . . David Downing is one of the brightest lights in the shadowy world of historical spy fiction'
'Excellent . . . Downing's strength is his fleshing out of the tense and often dangerous nature of everyday life in a totalitarian state'
'Stands with Alan Furst for detail and atmosphere'
Donald James, author of Monstrum
'Think Robert Harris and Fatherland mixed with a dash of Le Carré'
Sue Baker, Publishing News
'A wonderfully drawn spy novel . . . A very auspicious debut, with more to come'The Bookseller on Zoo Station
'Exciting and frightening all at once . . . It's got everything going for it'
Julie Walters --...