This fascinating book contains probably the most expert stories of espionage ever written. For a period of time after it was first published, the book became official required reading for persons entering the British Secret Service.
During World War I, Maugham enlisted with an ambulance unit, but was soon shifted to the Intelligence Department. Although these stories were based on the author's own experiences as a British agent during the war, he emphasized that they were written purely as entertainment, at which, indeed, Ashenden succeeds. Maugham's clarity of style, the perfection of his form, the subtlety of his thought, veiled thinly behind a worldly cynicism, has made him an international figure.
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But when Miss King passed him on her way out of the dining - room it seemed to
Ashenden that her mask of a face scowled . She appeared actively to dislike him .
Her gaze met his and the pair of them looked at one another for a moment ; he ...
The second detective had now returned from his dinner and as Ashenden came
out of the carriage the two men went in . Giulia Lazzari huddled back into her
corner . Ashenden gave the postcard to an agent who was waiting to take it to ...
cted when she it flashed across a redoubtable Ashenden was watchful . He could
do nothing ( and his inactivity irked him ) but wait with his eyes open to seize the
opportunity that might present itself . A couple of days later an incident occurred ...