An opposition MP demands to know whether Winston Churchill betrayed the SOE network codenamed Scorpio to appease Joseph Stalin. They find out that the key is a long-dead pilot, who either betrayed the network or was betrayed himself.
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Philip Maclean, an English art student living in France in 1940, escapes to England where he is recruited by British intelligence. He soon returns to France to establish Scorpio, a resistance network. Barely operational, Scorpio is betrayed and Maclean and his followers are rounded up and shipped off to concentration camps. Forty years later British intelligence officer Harry Chapman is assigned to find out who betrayed Scorpio, and why. He quickly learns that others are ready to kill to keep the truth buried forever. Allbeury ( The Lantern Network , LJ 2/15/89) offers a well-written, leisurely excursion into a mild version of espionage with interesting characters engaged in a well-crafted plot. Quietly entertaining, but not for the hard-core spy thriller fan. Recommended for large fiction collections.
- Brian Alley, Sangamon State Univ. Lib., Springfield, Ill.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Forty years after WW II, Harry Chapman of British Intelligence investigates a secret agreement between Churchill and the Soviets that allowed a Nazi spy to infiltrate a Resistance operation. ``Smoothly bleak,'' said PW . ``The title's irony isn't apparent until halfway into the book; by the end, however, its reverberations are breathtaking.''
Copyright 1991 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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