The British Embassy
in Bonn, the city chosen as West Germany’s capital after World War II, is up
in arms. Her Majesty’s financially troubled government is seeking admission to
Europe’s Common Market just as anti-British factions are rising to power in
Germany. Rioters are demanding reunification, and the last thing the Crown can
afford is a scandal. Then Leo Harting, an embassy nobody, goes missing with a
case full of confidential files. London sends Alan Turner to control the
damage, but he soon realizes neither side really wants Leo found alive.
Set against the
threat of a German-Soviet alliance, John le Carré’s A Small Town in
Germany is a superb chronicle of Cold War paranoia and political
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