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By Alex Gerlis

‘On the 20-minute force to Lutry, the Alps rose excessive to his left, the lake sweeping lower than him to the precise. That summed it up, he suggestion: stuck among robust forces. now not in contrast to serving masters.’ It’s commonplace for spies to have secrets and techniques, yet Henry Hunter has greater than such a lot and after he's stopped by way of British Intelligence at Croydon airport at the eve of the second one global conflict, 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 various identities and competing masters. In March 1941 in Berlin, haunted by way of a gloomy episode from his previous, he makes a fateful determination, leading to a dramatic trip to the Swiss frontier with a stunning final result. 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 real photograph of lifestyles within wartime Europe: the menacing surroundings, the ubiquitous chance and the consistent intrigue of the area 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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Relatively? ’ ‘Yes, particularly. glance, i may inform you all approximately it now, yet I’d simply prove repeating myself afterward. we now have a chap coming to determine us in an hour or so and we’ll positioned all of our playing cards at the desk then. speaking of tables, Basil, how approximately a few tea, eh? ’ Basil Remington-Barber headed over to the small kitchen, pausing in its doorway. ‘You definite this chap goes to show up, Edgar? ’ ‘Don’t fear Basil. I’m convinced of it. He rather has no substitute. ’ *** Captain Edgar had ultimately approached the guy at lunchtime that Friday. It felt, to him, as though he’d spent 1/2 his lifestyles following humans, looking forward to hours within the shadows of doors for them to seem, calculating once they might emerge and what could then be the easiest time and position to process them. He had learnt via years of expertise that almost all humans tended to be unpredictable of their conduct, yet he can have guessed that if a person will be a guy of detailed regimen it'd be a Swiss banker. And Michael Hedinger didn't disappoint him. in accordance with the message that Hugo despatched via Lisbon, Gunter Reinhart’s buddy in Zürich used to be a guy known as Michael Hedinger who labored for financial institution Leu. Hedinger was once it appears acutely aware ‘in principle’, no matter what that intended, that his good friend Gunter in Berlin sought after him to aid take care of his son, yet he might don't know he was once approximately to be approached. Edgar had watched the financial institution over the last couple of days. It were based in 1755 and a few of the workers he watched coming out and in regarded as if they'd been there that lengthy. Now it used to be one of many ‘Big Seven’ Swiss banks: none of the biggest, yet nonetheless large enough to have its snout within the German trough, in addition to the entire others. With the aid of a porter on the financial institution who were paid generously in go back for doing not more than giving a sign whilst Michael Hedinger entered the development, Edgar were in a position to spot his quarry. Hedinger left the pinnacle place of work of financial institution Leu on Paradeplatz at accurately one o’clock, possibly on his strategy to lunch. He became Bahnhofstrasse and Edgar determined now used to be the time he needed to make his circulate. ‘Herr Hedinger, could i've got a notice with you? ’ Edgar spoke in German. He had approached the banker from at the back of, having acquired as with regards to him as attainable and ensuring he positioned himself among the fellow and the line. It was once a well-practised method, as used to be the pleasant yet enterprise hand at the man’s elbow and the enforced shaking of his hand. carry one arm, shake the opposite arm: take regulate. That manner, an individual staring at could suppose it was once an opportunity come upon among friends. ‘I beg your pardon? ’ Hedinger answered, sounding stunned instead of frustrated. This was once encouraging yet Edgar couldn't imagine this may final for lengthy. ‘I have to consult you a few relatively very important topic, Herr Hedinger. Is there someplace quiet probably lets move? ’ ‘I don’t comprehend who you're. What’s this approximately? ’ Now Hedinger was once commencing to sound frustrated, and a guy and girl grew to become to examine them as they glided by.

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