A cold war spy story. Kim Philby, a traitor to the UK and a deserter lives in Russia. He and Russian officials hatch a plot to destabilize the west or even cause revolution. If the plot works, many will die and the alliance between the UK and the USA will be broken. Russia dispatches an agent to the UK, who can pass for an Englishman to work on the plan.
John Preston works with the intelligence agency of the UK government. He is very able, but not much appreciated by his superior. He becomes aware, by accident, that foreign agents are in the country, planning a big coup, but is not sure what it is. The plot consists mainly of his efforts to gather information and put all the pieces together. Not only does Preston have to deal with foreign agents, there are those in his own government whose motives he cannot be sure of and who seem to interfere with the plans to find out what is going on.
Suspenseful book, full of interesting detail (that seems very realistic) about spies, and intelligence gathering. At one point, the suspense was so much, I had to put the book down!
This report prepared by Fenella