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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He evaded all attempts to arrest him , his activity was formidable , he was here
and there ; but the police could never lay hands on him , and they only learned
that he had been in some city when , having done his work , he had left it . At last
had there applied for his visa and had set out for France . Having read this
Ashenden went on for a little stroll by the lake and on his way back happened to
see Mrs Caypor coming out of Cook ' s office . He guessed that she was having
There seemed to be a great many people and it took him some time to sort them
out . They were of all kinds , young , middle - aged , and old . There were some ,
like McLeod and Campbell , who had been at the sanatorium for years and ...