When London publisher Barley Blair receives an important smuggled document from Moscow, the English spymasters are forced to use him to establish the document's veracity. His collusion with Katya, the Moscow intermediary, may represent the way of the future, to the distaste of espionage professionals on both sides.
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We are in the third year of perestroika and glasnost. The place is Moscow. The man is Barley; a derelict, English publisher with a passion for jazz and a penchant for booze, who visits the Moscow Book Fair.
The woman is Katya: a beautiful Russian with a mission to mankind and access to some of the hottest defense intelligence to come out of the Soviet Union in years. It source: a disillusioned and desperate Russian physicist who wants Barley to publish the secrets . . but the British Secret Service and the CIA have other ideas.
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Book Description Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0340511214