Position of Trust

Position of Trust

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 628.22g
  • AudioGO Limited
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0745193854
  • 9780745193854

Review Text

First-class psychological espionage thriller, a bit mindful of Graham Greene's The Human Factor but, of course, with a twist - and without Greene's metaphysical underpinning. While still at Oxford, Jocelyn Coast was recruited as a Russian spy. He was told that he wouldn't be contacted for several years, until he was securely in place, but then would be called on to make good on his commitment. He was also told that he was perfectly safe and would, at the slightest breath of danger, be whisked off to Moscow - pfft! like that. Now, after many years of active spying (which he knows caused his failed marriage), bad news has come to Joss Coast. He hears through the grapevine that the CIA has engineered the defection of a top KGB general, which will take place shortly. This means that Coast almost certainly will be exposed, once the KGB canary is safely perched and singing for Western intelligence. With growing fear, while going about his staff duties at Whitehall with a straight face, Coast tries to uncover the identity of the forthcoming defector. Meanwhile, his own Russian contacts treat him withever-growing contempt - which Coast (who has never accepted money for his spying) thinks is undeserved - and are also making themselves scarce just when he needs them most. He really would like to pftt! - but how his heart goes out to his nubile daughter Dizzy - what will she be in for when he defects? Ironically, his boss at Whitehall thinks that alcoholic Lomax in the Adriatic Section is the mole who the KGB general has hinted is in Whitehall. Meanwhile, Lomax notes a change in the temperature around the place. When Coast (himself a heavy secret drinker) sets Lomax up for a fall by planting false evidence in his briefcase, Lomax dies of a heart attack. Throughout, Coast is having an affair with CIA agent Gus Peterson's wife, Roma, hoping to learn through her just where the defector will hand himself over. Sweetly paced with a drum-tight plot, as Coast's earth - undermined by his own alcoholism - breaks off about him clod by clod. With less resonance, though, than in a similar book by Greene, and characters that are thinner than the master's. (Kirkus Reviews)show more