For Peter Hill, the Second World War meant five years of clandestine life under diplomatic cover in Switzerland, contacting resistance groups inside occupied France and handling a key British source high in German military intelligence. His survival owed much to the lesson given by the agent London had sent him to retrieve from France in 1940. ‘Always be watchful,’ she’d said, ‘And act relentlessly on what you see.’ That lesson became part of his secret life.
With peace, he needs it just as much. As the cold war in Europe deepens, London puts his intelligence skills to work against the Soviets in Berlin and Paris. But peace also revives the guilt, pain and anger he’d suffered over the killing during the London blitz of the dark-eyed Dinah, the fugitive Soviet agent he loved and tried to save. Suppressed during the war, those emotions burst back, with all their destructive power.
Reaching out from her wartime grave, Dinah won’t let Peter go free. As he tries to exorcise her ghost, hidden forces work against him in London, while the NKVD officer Burenko who’d been Dinah’s Soviet controller moves menacingly back into his life.
Uncovering a strange truth about his wartime years, intent on unmasking the still active Whitehall spy ring Dinah had run for Moscow, playing cat and mouse with Burenko, Peter will test to the utmost his ability to be watchful and to act relentlessly on what he sees. But act he must to free himself from his guilt and unmask Dinah’s Whitehall spies.
Death with Innocence is the sequel to Innocence to Die For