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Peter Wright follows his father's footsteps into the realm of electronic technology during the late 1930's. He's finally offered a position in the newly established scientific department within the British MI-5. Peter is obsessed with catching spies inside MI-5. After Philby and Burgess defect, he knows there are more traitors in their midst. A Mr. Blunt finally confesses to espionage, but it took many years to catch him. Using electronic methods, Peter Wright follows the electronic signatures, and through vetting techniques; he uncovers the location of spies by their code names, and MI-5 employees during specific periods. He interrogates defectors who supply him with details of spies (using their code names) and their activities, crossing this information with MI-5 files, etc.; he pursues his prey by following the scent. He thinks his boss, Mr. Hollis, is a spy. And he pursues every shred of evidence that leads in that direction. A story of a houseful of spies recruited by MI-5 (and MI-6) before World War II. It takes all of Peter Wrights career to weed them out, or retire them to greener pasture. He was an obsessed and determined man, who stuck by his principles to the very end: no matter what the cost to himself personally.
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Plot & Themes

War/Cloak & Dagger story?    -   Searching for spies War/Spying    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   concerned If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book

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