For the Good of the State

By the CWA Gold Dagger award-winning writer of Other Paths to Glory

Two KGB opponents, common Zarubin and Professor Nikolai Andrievich Panin, confront one another on some degree overlooking the British Channel. in the meantime, Henry Jaggard of British Intelligence has urgent difficulties. He is aware the Soviets are mounting a protective software opposed to a Polish dissident staff in Britain, yet he can't intrude with no jeopardizing his most sensible inside of brokers.

And Dr David Audley, of the Intelligence R&D division, has been taking part in smart politics back. Jaggard sees his chance to kill birds with one stone. The Professor has asked a gathering with Audley, his outdated adversary. And, with one in all Jaggard's personal males to abet him, Audley could be competently relied upon to overstep the mark in his makes an attempt to frustrate the KGB . . .

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