Northlight by Adam Hall (Elleston Trevor)

By Adam Hall (Elleston Trevor)

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I just said I'd complained and the KGB had denied everything. ' 'I mean did they ... ' The silence drew out, but I wasn't worried now. I'd been listening hard enough to have picked anything up, anything wrong. He was thinking, that was all. ' He meant my cover. ' 'There is just no way they could have got anywhere near you. ' 'You've been protected,' he said, ignoring my question, 'all die way from London through Moscow and into your hotel here. I've been in constant signals, and Croder is handling you with die most extreme care.

There was once a wealthy widow who placed all her money in a phoney investment that looked highly attractive, and when she lost it all her accountant asked her why on earth she didn't consult him first. ' 'My God. ' 'It's what we believed,' the CIA chief said reasonably, 'when the KAL plane was shot out of the sky. ' Croder looked down at his shoes. ' The CIA chief glanced at him. ' 'Not in a sequential sense. ' 'Okay,' Morrison said finally. 'I can report to my president, then, that the British government believes, on the evidence of this tape recording, that the Cetacea was attacked and sunk by a Soviet naval officer, without prior warning.

As a clandestine you're a free agent, using light cover if you want to - Boris Antonov, Soviet citizen, so forth - but running free through the tunnels and the night hours and the back streets and following your own instincts, sniffing the wind for smoke. ' We turned from the bridge into the Rausskaja nabareznaja towards the Bukarest, and the wind was less sharp. ' He stopped and looked up at me again. 'I don't mind your being difficult, you see, if that's your character. ' I'd never had to spell out the parameters of a mission with my local control before.

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