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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Then she crammed a hat down on her head . Ashenden made a gesture to the
first detective and he took a pair of handcuffs out of his pocket and advanced
towards her . . At the sight of them she started back violently and flung her arms
What class have you got ? ' she asked him . * First . ' ' I ' m glad of that . Father and
Vladimir travel third on account of their principles , but I always feel sick on a train
and I like to be able to lean my head on somebody ' s shoulder . It ' s easier in ...
I don ' t know what she was saying , but I can guess , and the other soldier took
his gun and with the buttend of it hit her over the head . Isn ' t that right , Delilah ? '
' Yes , ' she answered , unable to help smiling . ' And before I could prevent it Mr ...