A Gathering of SpiesBook - 2000
Every once in a while, a new thriller writer emerges with such an instant command of his craft that readerseverywhere take notice. Such a one is John Altman, with A Gathering of Spies.In l943, America thought it had rounded up all the German spies on its soil. It was wrong. Now, Germany'sgreatest weapon-a woman with special talents, both for tradecraft and for death-is headed home with criticalinformation about the still-developing atomic bomb, and the Allies' chief hope for stopping her is a British agentwith agendas of his own. Originally recruited into MI5 to pose as a double agent, he's been telling the Germansthat he'd do anything to free his wife, a prisoner of a Polish concentration camp. This happens to be true. Thequestion is: How much would he really do to set her free? Where are his loyalties exactly?As the two spies play cat-and-mouse games across three countries, the ambiguities deepen, each figure showingnew sides, each action providing new twists, until at last both agents are swept into a series of climaxes asunpredictable as they are inevitable. This is suspense writing at its best-and the beginning of a brilliant newcareer.
Publisher: New York : Putnam's, c2000.
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 24 cm.