The Swiss Spy

By Alex Gerlis

‘On the 20-minute force to Lutry, the Alps rose excessive to his left, the lake sweeping less than him to definitely the right. That summed it up, he inspiration: stuck among robust forces. now not in contrast to serving masters.’ It’s common for spies to have secrets and techniques, yet Henry Hunter has greater than such a lot and after he's stopped via British Intelligence at Croydon airport at the eve of the second one international struggle, he reveals he has much more. From Switzerland he embarks on a sequence of more and more perilous missions into Nazi Germany, forever having to deal with assorted identities and competing masters. In March 1941 in Berlin, haunted through a dismal episode from his prior, he makes a fateful choice, leading to a dramatic trip to the Swiss frontier with a stunning consequence. The Swiss Spy is decided opposed to the true-life backdrop of the top-secret Nazi plans to invade the Soviet Union. the tale paints an actual photo of existence within wartime Europe: the menacing surroundings, the ubiquitous probability and the consistent intrigue of the realm of espionage. The Swiss Spy is the follow-up novel to Alex Gerlis’ hugely acclaimed bestseller The better of Our Spies.

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The bar had a low ceiling which prompted him to hunch. in the course of the blue-brown cigarette smoke he may possibly see maybe part a dozen different shoppers unfolded: on their own, all smoking, all ingesting quietly, all sitting so far as they can deal with from one another. Like him, they have been keeping off going domestic. there has been no signal of the SS, or certainly an individual else in uniform. The barmaid stuck his eye as he waited to reserve a drink. ‘How are you? ’ she requested. ‘I haven’t obvious you for some time. ’ ‘A week maybe? not more than that. i used to be in right here final week. ’ the type of dialog repeated in bars around the globe, among barmaids and husbands who may quite now not cross domestic. She was once a pleasant woman with extensive shoulders and hair that regarded as though it were dyed yellow. His spouse, in her ordinary waspish demeanour, might describe her within the not going occasion of her ever assembly her by means of announcing that she had obvious larger days, yet she had pleasant eyes and a seductive voice, with a particular Bavarian accessory. She saved glancing at him as she pulled the beer, her eyes darting round. He began to stream away, hoping to discover a seat on his personal. She held up her hand. Wait a second. whilst she had comprehensive serving one other patron she leaned over to speak quietly to him. ‘A guy was once in the following asking approximately you. ’ 8 phrases no-one desired to pay attention in Berlin in 1940. ‘What guy? ’ ‘I don’t be aware of, I’ve by no means obvious him right here prior to. He was once very well mannered and well-spoken. A Berliner certainly: wore a pleasant coat. ’ ‘When used to be this? ’ She leant again as though attempting to calculate the reply. ‘Last Thursday, i believe: after which back the day before today – Monday. ’ Gunter Reinhart pulled up the stool subsequent to him and sat on it. This used to be undesirable information. Who may very well be getting into a bar to invite approximately him? humans knew the place he labored and the place he lived. ‘And what did you are saying? ’ ‘He gave the look of a pleasant guy, yet I didn’t are looking to say a lot. nonetheless, I didn’t are looking to lie. I simply stated you return in the following every now and then: approximately as soon as per week nowadays. was once that very well? ’ probably not. ‘Did he say anything? ’ ‘Wait’. The barmaid knelt down and emerged together with her purse, which she rummaged via. ‘Here, I’ve came across it. He acknowledged that when you are available in, I’m to provide this to you. ’ She passed him a publication of fits with Das Potsdamer Taverne at the entrance. He checked out it for it slow, questioned. ‘Open it. ’ smartly written inside of have been dates. Den eight Juni 1901 Den four Oktober 1929 ‘Are you o.k.? ’ Gunter Reinhart was once obviously now not o.k.. The hand preserving the ebook of suits was once shaking and the opposite was once gripping the bar tightly. Beads of sweat had shaped on his brow. He may possibly suppose his chest tightening. ‘Pardon? ’ ‘Are you very well? You glance shaken. ’ He positioned the fits in his most sensible pocket and drank lots of the glass of beer in a single pass. He driven the empty glass in the direction of her and nodded for her to fill up it. ‘I’m positive, thanks. Did this guy say how i'll touch him? ’ ‘He stated he’d be the following at six o’clock each Thursday and Monday evening until eventually he was once in a position to catch up with you. ’ Reinhart stayed within the bar for an additional hour and 3 extra beers prior to he made up our minds to stroll all of the method domestic to Charlottenburg.

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