This excursion for Quiller is his shortest, but still manages to pack in the action in. Fighters are falling from the sky and when London receives information predicting the next crash, Quiller is sent find out why.
We move from the claustrophobic atmosphere of a West German airbase where the latest crash occured to a chase on the autobahn to a re-education centre on the other side of the wire. The oblique narrative style makes the most of the difficulties of telling who is on who's side in a divided Germany and is there just a hint of doomed romance?
All in all a taught and effective tale, even though 40 years on the changes in the political landscape may make this seem almost like a historical novel.