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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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 . Giulia Lazzari huddled back into her corner . Ashenden gave ...
In the course of his morning lesson Mrs Caypor remarked : ' My husband has
gone to Geneva today . He had some business to do there . ' ' Oh , ' said
Ashenden , ' will he be gone long ? ' ' No , only two days . ' It is not everyone who
can tell a ...
Then Ashendep saw no more of her ; she ceased coming in to meals ; except to
go morning and afternoon to Cook ' s she spent apparently the whole day in her
room . Ashenden thought of her sitting there hour after hour with that hideous fear