Four days in September, 1938. The backdrop is the summit meeting at which Hitler, Mussolini, and Neville Chamberlain allow Czechoslovakia to be partitioned at the demand of Nazi Germany; two more minor functionaries, sundered Oxford colleagues, conspire to meet in the respective German and English retinues. Even though we know how the big story will end, Harris' characteristic strong plotting, solid research, and touching humanity produce a highly tense and gripping spy narrative with the Gestapo lurking and the fate of nations being decided.

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