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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Ashenden opened the door and stepped out . The passage was dimly lit . It
exasperated him to feel so nervous when he could not but be aware that his
companion was perfectly at ease . When they reached the door the Hairless
Sweetheart . Don ' t come . He put it in his pocket , gave the boatman fifty francs ,
and went home to bed . But the next day when he went to see Giulia Lazzari he
found her door locked . He knocked for some time , there was no answer .
The mistake of a single figure might make a whole sentence incomprehensible .
Suddenly his door was burst open and Anastasia Alexandrovna flung into the
room . She had lost her hat and was dishevelled . She was panting . Her eyes