Game Without Rules by Michael Gilbert
The recent death this past year of Michal Gilbert has prompted me to look in to reading some more of his well respected fiction.
On the suggestion of Olman, I picked up a couple of books of his short stories featuring Mr. Calder and Mr. Behrens. These two gentlemen spies work for the British government during the post-war period basically running small domestic ops which require an unorthodox approach. The stories themselves are short examples of fantastic writing. There is often some intel regarding a spy or operative working within the country and these two are called upon by their spymaster whose cover is a bank manager.
Most of the stories involve secrets being passed on to the Soviets and the duo have to assess where the leak comes from and seal it. In many cases, this involves a discreet bit of assassination.
Mr Behrens said, raising his voice a little, 'If I were to lift my right hand a very well trained dog, who has been approaching you quietly from the rear while we were talking, would have jumped for your throat.'
The colonel smiled. 'Your imagination does you credit. What happens if you lift your left hand? Does a genie appear from a bottle and carry me off?'
'If I raise my left hand', said Mr Behrens, 'you will be shot dead.'
And, so saying, he raised it.
Michael Gilbert, CBE, lawyer and crime writer, was born on July 17, 1912. He died on February 8, 2006, aged 93.