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The Waiting Time

Author: Gerald Seymour

Publisher: Bantam Press (1998)

On a winter’s night at the height of the Cold War, in a small town on the Baltic coast of East Germany, a young man is dragged from the sea and killed by the regime’s secret police. The witnesses are terrorized into silence. But a British woman is present and hears the shot which ended her lover’s life. A decade later, times have changed; the Wall dividing two great ideologies has crumbled, and old enemies have become new friends. An ex-captain in the Stasi’s counter-espionage section, Dieter Krause is a fêted guest at the headquarters of British military intelligence. He is a prized asset, able to give a detailed profile of a rising star in the Russian Ministry of Defence. He is confident that the skeletons in his past are hidden until... Corporal Tracy Barnes, a clerk, attacks him in the officers’ mess. For her, the waiting time is over. She was there at the scene of the young man’s murder ten years before. She knows Krause is responsible. But she can’t prove it – she needs the witnesses to talk. To make them do so, she must follow Krause to Germany, determined to see a long-delayed victory for justice. But in a new country still at war with itself, defeat may just mean a place on the mortuary slab. The Waiting Time is the work of one of Britain’s finest thriller writers at the peak of his powers. It is a powerful and emotive drama which never shirks from addressing the hardest subjects, and in so doing reveals the uncomfortable truth behind one of recent history’s most important political transitions.

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Author: John le Carre

Publisher: Sceptre (2011)

In this spy story by John le Carré, George Smiley, who is a troubled man of infinite compassion, is also a single-mindedly ruthless adversary as a spy. The scene which he enters is a Cold War landscape of moles and lamplighters, scalp-hunters and pavement artists, where men are turned, burned or bought for stock. Smiley's mission is to catch a Moscow Centre mole burrowed thirty years deep into the Circus itself.

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Tokyo Station

Author: Martin Cruzz Smith

Publisher: Pan (2003)

1922, Tokyo. Harry Niles is a 'wild child', an American boy in a strange country, ignored by his missionary parents. So Harry begins to lead his own life in the Tokyo underworld. One night, he is charged with delivering a painting to an enigmatic figure, the samurai Ishigami. It is an encounter that will haunt Harry Niles forever . . . 1937, Nanking. China is under attack. The Japanese army is brutally and systematically murdering and raping the local population. In the midst of this horror, Harry finds himself face to face once again with Lieutenant Ishigami. But for the samurai warrior, their meeting leads to the greatest possible dishonour - public humiliation. 1941, Tokyo. With the attack on Pearl Harbour only days away, Japan is on the brink of war with the United States. Harry Niles has become a man of many faces. Allying himself with both sides, he treads a dangerous - but profitable - path between the fading glory of the Chrysantheum Club, where the city's banking and industrial elite meet, and the shadowy Tokyo underworld.

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Author: Kate Atkinson

Publisher: Black Swan (2019)

In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.

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Trigger Mortis

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Publisher: Orion (2015)

It's 1957 and James Bond (agent 007) has only just survived his showdown with Auric Goldfinger at Fort Knox. By his side is Pussy Galore, who was with him at the end. Unknown to either of them, the USSR and the West are in a deadly struggle for technological superiority. And SMERSH is back. The Soviet counter-intelligence agency plans to sabotage a Grand Prix race at the most dangerous track in Europe. But it's Bond who finds himself in the driving seat and events take an unexpected turn when he observes a suspicious meeting between SMERSH's driver and a sinister Korean millionaire, Jai Seong Sin. Soon Bond is pitched into an entirely different race with implications that could change the world. Thrown together with American agent, Jeopardy Lane, Bond uncovers a plan that will bring the West to its knees in a heart-stopping climax. Welcoming back familiar faces, including M and Miss Moneypenny, international bestselling author Anthony Horowitz ticks all the boxes: speed, danger, strong women and fiendish villains, to reinvent the golden age of Bond in this brilliantly gripping adventure. TRIGGER MORTIS is also the first James Bond novel to feature previously unseen Ian Fleming material

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Triple

Author: Ken Follett

Publisher: Pan Books (1998)

This work of fiction undertakes to imagine the real reason behind Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's trip to his historic enemies in Jerusalem. It is the story of a successful espionage coup.

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Understrike

Author: John Gardner

Part of a series: Boysie Oakes

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2016)

The suave, womanising special agent for British Intelligence returns in his second thrilling adventure. At the height of the Cold War, Boysie is sent on a routine mission to America. In San Diego, he will be the official British observer for the test-fire of America’s latest nuclear missile: The Trepholite. But the Soviets have other plans. A double of Boysie has been sent into the field

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Wall Games

Author: Michael Dobbs

Publisher: Fontana (1991)

BERLIN – BEFORE THE WALL CAME TUMBLING DOWN The dawn of glasnost. The thaw is slowly beginning as leaders in both East and West set out tentatively to build a new era of peace. Yet the people of Berlin are in no mood for diplomatic caution. Across the heart of their city still stands the monstrous construction of the Wall which has split them apart for a generation. They will fight to have it torn down, and to reunite their city – just as there are those in Washington and Moscow who will use them to kill off the new flower of glasnost. Into the troubled city of Berlin comes Harry Benjamin, a young and irrepressible CIA agent. He hadn’t planned on falling in love – ever – less on that illicit love casting him as a pawn in this latest battle for Berlin. But Harry will not be anyone’s pawn. He is determined to reveal the treachery, even if it means destroying the most powerful men in East and West – and his love – in the process . . .

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Watchman

Author: Ian Rankin

Publisher: Orion (2004)

Miles Flint is low-level operative in the world of espionage, with a watching brief that satisfies him perfectly; he's not a man who craves more active duty. But IRA bombs are wreaking havoc on the British mainland, and Miles finds himself with all kinds of problems. His professional career is in trouble, as is his marriage--his involvement with a seductive Irish woman is problematical, and his attempts to avoid a persistent newspaperman are failing. Miles is sent to Belfast, where he finds that his job is much more than merely watching people; the stakes are very high (UK security being the trump card now), and his life has become a ploy in a dangerous game.

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XPD

Author: Len Deighton

Publisher: Harper (2009)

June 11, 1940 – where is Winston Churchill? A private aircraft takes off from a small town in central France, while Adolf Hitler, the would-be conqueror of Europe, prepares for a clandestine meeting near the Belgian border. For more than forty years the events of this day have been Britain’s most closely guarded secret. Anyone who learns of them must die - with their file stamped: XPD - expedient demise

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