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The Sixth Directorate

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The Sixth Directorate (1975) was the second of Joseph Hone’s quartet of ‘Peter Marlow’ spy novels, all now reissued as Faber Finds.

In prison his name had been Marlow. When British Intelligence released him to impersonate a dangerous KGB agent, he became George Graham, a man with an incredible past and a highly questionable future. But even the British didn’t know everything about Graham, as Marlow discovered. Then he came face-to-face with Graham’s mistress and thought the game was up. But it was just beginning …

‘Intelligent, sharp and deviously plotted … Here is a new force in the field of spy stories.’ Daily Telegraph

‘One of the best suspense novels of the last ten years. It has elegance, wit, sympathy, irony, surprise, action, a rueful love affair and a melancholy ‘Decline of the West’ mood.’ New York Times