This is a first novel but reads in a very assured way with a good balance between plot, characterisation and scene-setting. Moves along at a good pace, but the reader is never left behind. Deals with a lesser known aspect of intelligence work chiefly famous through works on Bletchley, Enigma, etc. Good portrayal of the tensions of the hero's relationship with his lover - the author even manages to write convincing sex scenes (nothing very explicit), which is extremely difficult to achieve. Inter-service and inter-departmental rivalries well observed and takes a balanced view of the German side of the war.
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