Modern Firsts Clive Egleton Last Act

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"In plotting and finesse, [Egleton's books] give way to no contemporary espionage author's work." New York Times Book Review In 1944 Michael Kimber was an escaped British POW, fighting with the Polish Resistance against the Germans. Now, fourteen years on,a letter forces him to recall a Nazi court martial which resulted in the execution of four German deserters. The inconsistencies of the trial can no longer be sidestepped and Kimber sets out on a trail, unmasking a cover-up that involves Hitler's henchman Gehlenand some of the men and women at whose sides Kimber fought.

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The suicide of a Polish expatriate in mid-century London leads to an investigation of treachery and heroism during the WW II Warsaw uprising, and then to past-Nazi nastiness in sunny California, in this latest from the prolific Egleton (A Different Drummer, etc.). The body of Polish resistance hero Stefan Zagorski, plus its attached 50-pound bag of cement that dropped through the roof of a stolen convertible, did more than interrupt the coitus of the parked pair of London lowlifes. Mr. Zagorski's pocket contained an envelope addressed to one Michael Kimber in Salisbury, with a letter accusing Mr. Kimber, among others, of betrayal just before the Russian takeover of Poland. The guiltless Kimber, now an employee of Britain's military-intelligence office, is ordered to nip off to Germany to find out what Zagorski had on his mind and to clean up any mess before the Americans, already unhappy about Burgess, Maclean, and Philby, get the idea that they have something new to worry about with their cousins. Kimber's inquiries concentrate on the beautiful Polish woman with whom he worked during the war, as well as on a handful of greedy, art-snatching Nazis who knew more than they should have about the leadership of the resistance. Odd. The people he questions seem to die ghastly deaths soon after he visits them, which is disconcerting for Kimber. Harrowing scenes of wartime Poland, together with Egleton's complex and credible characters, are for the most part enough to atone for an exasperatingly muddled plot. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From Publishers Weekly:

It's no sin that the good guys here are more interesting than the bad guys; the problem is that neither group arouses adequate excitement. After a short chapter ends in a spectacular 1958 suicide, the story flashes back to the anti-Nazi Warsaw uprising of 1944. British POW escapee Michael Kimber finds himself in the middle of the Resistance struggle to get arms from U.S. and RAF airdrops as well as help from a mysteriously inert Red Army. The effort fails and the chief protagonists are scattered. In 1958 Kimber, now in the Diplomatic Service, is assigned to probe the suicide of the head of the 1944 uprising, and is led to Germany and America. The plot encompasses a lost Polish art collection, a mysterious 1944 death, the shifting sands of European and British politics and finally a last-ditch rampage by two Nazis in California. Although the wartime period is deftly drawn, the tone of the 1958 action--until the gory ending--is cool and remote. Maybe it's post-Cold War thinking or British phlegm, but Egleton ( In the Red ) has done better.
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