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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It was possible that a frown for an instant darkened the Mexi : can ' s brow at the
abrupt question that seemed a little contemptuously to brush to one side his
eloquent statement , but he gave no other sign of displeasure . Ashenden
decipher and it might be that sooner or later through him it would be possible to
lay hands on the organization that still flourished in England . But then he did
something that drew R . ' s attention to him . Had he known it none could have ...
It might be possible to pick up Caypor and trace his movements . Next day
Caypor appeared once more with his wife at the dinner - table , but merely
nodded to Ashenden and afterwards both went straight upstairs . They looked