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The Stasi was among the most sophisticated intelligence organisations in the world, but by the end of the 80s the state of East Germany was collapsing around it. The squads of armed officers, the torture chambers in the Stasi jails, the hundreds of thousands of informers could do nothing to prevent the rebellion that saw the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is in the context of these last few paranoid weeks of the Communist world that Brandenburg is set.
Dr Rudi Rosenharte—once a double agent, now an art historian living quietly in Dresden—is summoned to Trieste for a rendezvous with former lover and colleague, Annalise Schering. Yet Rosenharte knows she’s dead: he’d seen her himself, lying in her own bloodied bathwater. So who is this woman, this ghost? The Stasi believes she’s the real Annalise and that she has vital intelligence to impart to Rosenharte, for they have intercepted a letter from her saying exactly that. And to ensure that Rosenharte…[more]
One of the most important books of 2009. Henry Porter’s new novel paints a chilling portrait of the police-state that the UK is about to become…
At his funeral the bells of the church were rung open rather than half-muffled, as is usual for the dead. Kate Lockhart has come with corporate leaders, ministers and intelligence chiefs to a beautiful town in the Welsh Marches to mourn her soul mate, David Eyam, the brightest government servant of his generation. All that remains of Eyam are the burnt fragments of a man killed far from home in a devastating explosion. But Eyam has left a devastating legacy and certain members of the congregation on that bitterly cold March day are desperate to suppress it. A group of locals come to feel the full weight of the state’s determination. Kate Lockhart, now a Mergers and Acquisitions lawyer from Manhattan but a former SIS officer in Indonesia is equal to Eyam’s legacy . She becomes the focus of the state’s paranoiac power and leads the local resistance to it, with all the cunning of her former trade, directed from beyond the grave by Eyam. The state is no match for the genius of the dead.
The head of the US National Security Agency is assassinated in a spectacular set piece killing at Heathrow…An airport employee and his family are found murdered in their council house in Uxbridge…In New York, a fashionable Upper East Side osteopath receives two postcards showing the Empire State Building…A group of migrant workers are brutally gunned down in Macedonia…The quest to find the link between these apparently random events is pursued by Robert Harland—drawn back to a world he thought he’d left behind with a dual role for the UN and MI6.