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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Well , I shall leave you now , I hope you will have a sleep . I will fetch you in the
morning when we arrive at Thonon . ' The second detective had now returned
from his dinner and as Ashenden came out of the carriage the two men went in .
I should like an assurance from you that you will not write letters without my
knowledge or attempt to leave Thonon without my permission . ' She gave
Ashenden a long stare . She could not make it out at all . She looked as though
she thought ...
I ' m not going to leave without my laundry . Four shirts , two union suits , a pair of
pyjamas , and four collars . I wash my hand . kerchiefs and socks in my room . I
want my laundry and I ' m not going to leave this hotel without it . ' ' Don ' t be a ...