Major Harry Maxim is drawn into the shadowy and deadly world of East-West intrigue. A deserting English corporal, a cabinet convulsion in East Germany, a double murder in a small West German town, a widowed piano teacher in Yorkshire: they're all somehow related by a deep, dark secret from the past. And it's up to Harry Maxim to uncover the secret-before it's too late.
Gavin Lyall (1932-2003) lived in Hampstead and enjoyed sailing on the Thames in his motor cruiser. From 1959 to 1962 he was a newspaper reporter and the aviation correspondent for the Sunday Times. His first novel, The Wrong Side of the Sky, was published in 1961, drawing from his personal experiences in the Libyan Desert and in Greece. Lyall left journalism in 1963 to become a full-time author, writing 17 novels before his death in 2003.
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Terrible audio reading, though story is OK
This was one of the worst audio readings I have heard. It is clearly inappropriate to have an American reading a story that is set in Britain with British characters, as this inevitably jars especially when place names are mispronounced. However, even worse is that the story is read with a 'Vincent Price horror' tone and delivery that is totally at odds with the story.
It already has a follow up
Not the best of Gavin Lyall's books, but it is a short, brisk thriller