Ashenden; Or, The British Agent
Based on the author's experience in the Intelligence Department during the First World War. All stories feature Ashenden, a writer by profession, drawn into the events of war through the undercover intelligence.
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Ashenden had good enough cards , but the General seemed not withstanding
always to have better . Ashenden kept his eyes open and he was not careless of
the possibility that his antagonist might correct the inequalities of chance , but he
When once you have found a motive the chances are that you will hit upon
evidence that till then had escaped you . ... or had cheated or insulted you , then
a scrap of paper , a bit of string or a chance remark would be enough to hang you
Of course they haven ' t got a chance , the Germans , " said Caypor , “ not a dog '
s chance . I knew they were beaten the moment we came in . ” His manner was
earnest , sincere and confidential . Ashenden made a commonplace rejoinder .
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lamour - LibraryThing
This is volume three of Maugham's collected short stories. In this volume he has put his stories that have the same protagonist, Ashendan who is recruited to move to Switzerland where he will be a ... Read full review
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It's easy to see why this one is considered an archetype of espionage fiction. The fact that the book was first published back in the late 1920s means that some of the dialogue and narrative will ... Read full review