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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They they walked quickly away . Stopping after a hundred yards or so under a
lamp - post Ashenden took the letter out of his pocket and read it ; it came from
the Consulate and said : The enclosed telegram arrived tonight and in case it is ...
He called for the bill and walked back with R . to the hotel . The train started at
eight . When he had disposed of his bag Ashenden walked along the platform .
He found the carriage in which Giulia Lazzari was , but she sat in a corner ,
Ashenden , having given his bags to a porter , walked along the platform to
where Giulia Lazzari and the two detectives were standing . Ashenden nodded to
them . “ Well , good morning . You need not trouble to wait . ' They touched their