With The Private Sector (1971) Joseph Hone introduced readers to
British intelligence officer Peter Marlow, who would be the
protagonist of three further novels - all now reissued in Faber
Finds. Cairo, May 1967: Marlow is sent from London to find his
friend and fellow spy Henry Edwards, who has vanished. In the
course of this fool's errand he also finds his former wife,
Bridget, now deeply entangled with Edwards. Marlow moves easily
between British and Egyptian intelligence branches, attaching
allegiance to neither - until he becomes the unwitting victim of a
failed plot to topple Nasser. 'An absolutely terrific espionage
novel.' James Dickey 'A brilliant and calculated spy story . . .
[Hone's] characters and the quality of the writing are so good that
he has transcended the usual limitations of the genre.' Times
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