A Small Town in Germany: A Novel by John Le Carré

By John Le Carré

"Haven't you learned that in basic terms appearances matter?"

The British Embassy in Bonn is up in fingers. Her Majesty's financially afflicted executive is looking for admission to Europe's universal industry simply as anti-British factions are emerging to strength in Germany. Rioters are hard reunification, and the very last thing the Crown can have enough money is a scandal. Then Leo Harting—an embassy nobody—goes lacking with a case choked with exclusive records. London sends Alan Turner to regulate the wear and tear, yet he quickly realizes that neither aspect rather desires Leo found—alive.
Set opposed to the specter of a German-Soviet alliance, John le Carré's A Small Town in Germany is a wonderful chronicle of chilly battle paranoia and political compromise.

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A devastatingly beautiful Danish blonde, Inga Arvad entered the United States as a student of journalism at Columbia University and worked as a columnist on the Washington TimesHerald. It was there she met Kathleen Kennedy, who in December ARVAD, INGA • 13 1941 introduced Arvad, a 28-year-old statuesque divorcée separated from her second husband, the Hungarian film director Paul Fejos, to her brother John F. Kennedy, for an interview subsequently published in the newspaper. S. Navy ensign, then working in the Office of Naval Intelligence, they began an affair that resulted in an espionage investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who suspected Arvad of being a German spy.

The damage caused by the Ames list was immense, and severely compromised AE/TICKLE, Britain’s star agent inside the KGB’s London rezidentura. As a direct consequence of the tip from Ames, Oleg Gordievsky was unexpectedly recalled to Moscow on 17 May 1985, supposedly for urgent top-level consultations three days later, but actually for a lengthy, hostile interrogation that included the use of drugs. Another lucky escape was made by Sergei Bokhan, the CIA’s GRU source in Athens. He had defected at the end of May, a fortnight be- AMES, ALDRICH • 7 fore Ames delivered his list.

Early in 1945 Bentley had been eased out of the NKVD’s network and she had resented the loss of her dual role of courier and controller. Whatever her motives, she quickly followed Budenz to the FBI, making her initial tentative approach in New Haven in August 1945, and her value to the bureau was to act as a human encyclopedia, putting names and faces to members of the network. Her disaffection was complete by the time she approached the FBI in New York in October, which initially suggested she try and rejoin the organization by reestablishing contact with Gorsky.

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