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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But Ashenden was surprised to catch sight of Count von Holzminden and
wondered what on earth he was doing there . This was the German agent in
Vevey and he came over to Geneva only on occasion . Once Ashenden had seen
him in the ...
Then he looked at Ashenden . He had a way of looking at people , when he was
thinking of something else perhaps , that suggested that he thought them
somewhat peculiar but rather disgusting insects . ' Have you ever seen the
She was dressed all in red and wore the same red hat in which he had first seen
her . She looked so flashy that he did not fancy the notion of asking her to a place
where he might be seen , and so suggested Soho . There were hapsoms still in ...