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The Looking Glass War

Uncertain evidence suggested Soviet missiles being put in place close to the German border, while vital film had gone missing and a courier was dead. Lacking active agents and the time to recruit afresh, the Department had to find an old hand who would prove its mettle.

Fred Leiser, German-speaking Pole turned Englishman, once a qualified radio-operator, now something in the motor trade, must be called back to the colours and sent East…

“A book of rare and great power”
The Financial Times

“A devastating and tragic record of human, not glamour, spies”
New York Herald Tribune

“A bitter, bleak, superlatively written novel”
Publishers Weekly

The Looking Glass War