Pandora's Box

Pandora's Box

by Clive Egleton
     
 

A new case for SIS Chief Charles Winter - 1962. America has set up a quarantine zone around Cuba, preventing Soviet ships from importing nuclear hardware. Meanwhile, SIS Chief Charles Winter is investigating the death of a double-agent whose KGB control, Vasili Korznikov, has recently defected to American Intelligence. Washington isnt keen to let Winter investigate

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A new case for SIS Chief Charles Winter - 1962. America has set up a quarantine zone around Cuba, preventing Soviet ships from importing nuclear hardware. Meanwhile, SIS Chief Charles Winter is investigating the death of a double-agent whose KGB control, Vasili Korznikov, has recently defected to American Intelligence. Washington isnt keen to let Winter investigate Korznikov, but theres little time for diplomacy, since the Russian ships are already on their way to Cuba . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This spy thriller from British author Egleton (A Spy's Ransom), a reissue of 1982's The Russian Enigma under a new title, still has pertinent things to say about the background of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis and about espionage in general. Charles Winter, head of British SIS, becomes concerned about the suspicious death of a double agent, but he's also increasingly suspicious about the reliability of a Russian who has just defected to America. Suspicion is, in fact, the overriding mood of this novel; nothing and no one can be taken at face value. As the action bounces between continents, the viewpoint shifts between Winter and several of his associates, showing how their tedious investigations eventually do produce bits of fact that can be connected to reveal the truth. Or at least what looks like truth. Readers also get glimpses of the players on the other side as they work to construct convincing lies and cover their tracks by violence when necessary. Egleton's ingenious skittering through the outline of history-as-we-know-it does succeed in suggesting that there may have been-and may still be-much more going on than we imagine. Even the loose ends in the plot are appropriate to the inherently messy subject.
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Kirkus Reviews
While Kennedy and Khrushchev swap unblinking stares, Egleton's entertaining spies double-deal with their usual elan (The Last Refuge, 2005, etc.). Whether they're KGB, CIA or, for that matter, well placed in Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, these tireless, talented spies are not to be taken at face value, as anyone who has ever ventured into Egleton's murky world of secrets and lies can tell you. True, George Deakin is a bit of a special case, in that SIS knows he's a double agent, working both sides of the U.K./USSR divide. What comes to puzzle SIS, however, is the manner of his death. Is it the accidental drowning it's been made to seem? Or cold-blooded murder, having to do somehow with those Russian ships speeding toward Cuba and a scary confrontation with the United States? For once, Charles Winter, SIS honcho-his brain as icy as his surname-appears to be stymied. If it's murder is it a bogus murder? That is, a murder calculated to get SIS looking the wrong way, chasing up the wrong garden path? If so, does it signify that the Soviets have seen under Deakin's cloak to the hugger-muggery concealed therein? Or, even more sinister, do the Soviets want SIS to think they care about Deakin, the double agent, when actually they care much more deeply about something unrelated? A conundrum. Meanwhile, across the pond, American intelligence is trying desperately to get a fix on whether Khrushchev really means business. Suddenly super spy Vasili Korznikov defects from the USSR to the U.S., and now the only thing Winter can be sure of is that for Kennedy, Khrushchev, the SIS, the CIA and others, it's a whole new bowl of borscht. Labyrinthean as always, but only a handful ofthriller-meisters can make spy-craft so readable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780727865915
Publisher:
Severn House Pub Ltd
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
Charles Winter Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.86(d)

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