It’s my father’s fault that I write spy novels, as my interest was aroused when he held a position as deputy head of a counter intelligence desk inside the War Department at the end of WWII. As one would expect he never spoke about what he was engaged in, but the past was another matter provided the case was closed. When I left all my schooling behind I wanted to use my talents in a productive way rather than confining them to industry or academia. I joined a government organisation close to what my father did, signing the same Official Secrets Act as he had done. As a consequence not one of my eight novels is based purely on what I heard, my imagination fills most of the pages, nevertheless, young ears store information that can be utilised in fiction.
A Covenant Of Spies is being released later this year on December 17th and until then it is available to pre-order from Amazon.
The story starts when the recently married chairman of the British Joint Intelligence Committee meets a Russian asset he vaguely remembers from an operation he was dangerously involved in some twenty-five years previously in Prague, Czechoslovakia. However, he is unclear as to whether the Russian remembers him. The Russian’s purpose of the meeting is to offer British intelligence a prize that only his granddaughter is able to fulfill provided she is extracted from Moscow without arousing suspicion.
As he looks further into this Russian’s past he discovers that a previous chairman of the JIC had unearthed a web of deceit in which he was able to conceal not only one double agent but two; one stealing secrets from the Soviet Union and the other from the Americans. The names of both agents are secreted away inside cryptic messages hidden in the vaults of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. How much does this Russian asset know of those messages and can the ambiguous intelligence communiqués be unravelled before it’s too late?