It’s springtime in Scotland, and an aging spy is tending to his bees. Smoke rises from his bellows as he looks in on the colony for the first time since winter. When his wife goes to check on him, the bellows are still smoking but her husband has disappeared. He may be dead, he may be kidnapped - or he may have gone over to the other side.
To find an old friend, a past-his-prime spy steps into a war zone. When Henry Edwards recruited him to work as an intelligence officer, Peter Marlow was young enough that espionage seemed romantic. They were in Cairo during the Suez Crisis, two young spies haunting dinner parties and back alleys in search of morsels of information that were never as important as they seemed. A decade later, espionage has lost its sheen, and Henry confesses to Peter that he’s considering resignation.
"Familiar ground for Le Carre fans"
Peter Marlow goes undercover to infiltrate the KGB. The Soviet intelligence agency's worst nightmare has come true: Besides the five directorates that oversee its operations, there lurks a sixth - a shadow directorate that may be plotting a coup against the Communist Party. Disruption of the KGB might spell trouble for Moscow, but for the British Intelligence, chaos in the Soviet Union means a chance to infiltrate. To make the most of the opportunity, Her Majesty's intelligence service turns to Peter Marlow, a disgraced former spy who has spent the last four years in jail.
"Like Le Carre only more so"
Though he once worked with British Intelligence, Peter Marlow now believes he has left behind the insane world of espionage, and found a haven in the Cotswolds with his wife and step-daughter. But when gunfire shatters the night he realizes his new life of calm is short-lived. As Marlow runs for cover into the nearby woodland, he finds himself in a landscape that has become suddenly venomously hostile. And when sinister vengeance from Africa reaches deep into rural England, he must turn savage to rescue his terrified step-daughter and make good his escape.
Ben Contini, a disenchanted painter of considerable talent, has just buried his mother. Rifling through the attic of her Kilkenny house he stumbles across a Modigliani nude, worth millions. Determined to learn the provenance of the painting, he and Elsa, a disturbed and secretive woman who accosts him at the funeral, become embroiled in the sinister world of Nazi art theft. But they are not the only ones with an interest in the painting.
"Predictable and Bad Narration"