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From the No 1 bestselling author of HOUSE OF CARDS, a new-cover reprint of a highly acclaimed thriller of international intrigue that brilliantly captures the tense atmosphere of Berlin -- just before the wall came down. The dawn of glasnost. The thaw is slowly beginning as leaders in both East and West set out tentatively to build a new era of peace. Yet the people of Berlin are in no mood for diplomatic caution. Across the heart of their city still stands the monstrous construction of the Wall that has split them apart for a generation. They will fight to have it torn down, and to reunite their city -- just as there are those in Washington and Moscow who will use them to kill off the new flower of glasnost. Into the troubled city of Berlin comes Harry Benjamin, a young and irrepressible CIA agent. He hadn't planned on falling in love -- even less on that illicit love casting him as a pawn in this latest battle for Berlin. But Harry will not be anyone's pawn. He is determined to reveal the treachery, even if it means destroying the most powerful men in East and West -- and his love -- in the process!

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780006176916
ISBN-10: 0006176917
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 111mm x 24mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 11-Apr-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


US Kirkus Review » How the Berlin Wall really came down: an ill-timed fictional peek behind the scenes in a Germany slouching toward reunification - despite the best efforts of the superpowers to keep the Wall in place. This is British political advisor Dobbs's first hard-cover appearance. Harry Benjamin is a CIA recruit posted to the Berlin embassy to keep him out of trouble under the hoydenish eye of his superior Mary Pickerstaff. Since he has no contacts and no diplomatic experience, he naturally realizes that the "spontaneous" demonstrations against the Wall have actually been orchestrated by industrialist Edward Schumacher - and that Schumacher (whose uninhibited, haunted wife, Katherine, Harry would love to bed) is a KGB agent bent on pressing for German reunification solely in order to torpedo delicate arms talks between weakening Soviet Premier Andreyev and airheaded US President Michelle on behalf of those dissident KGB officers who still won't accept glasnost despite countless fictional defeats. Katherine turns out to be "so much more" than the "mere girls" who once shared Harry's bed, but that's the extent of his satisfactions, as his desperate bid to unmask Schumacher runs afoul of Miss Pickerstaff's orders, Katherine's scruples, Schumacher's uncanny ability to defuse Harry's threats, and eventually - in a scene that's been a long time coming - the crumbling Wall itself. Dobbs's determined bleakness, untouched by humor or any complexity of motive, seems forced and even a little naive. For like-minded readers. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Michael Dobbs

Bestselling author Michael Dobbs was at Mrs Thatcher's side as she took her first step into Downing Street as Prime Minister and was a key aide to John Major when he was voted out. In between times he was bombed in Brighton, banished from Chequers and blamed for failing to secoure a Blair-Major television debate. He is now one of the country's leading political commentators.

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