The Berlin Assignment

Author: Adrian de Hoog
Genre: Fiction
Dimensions: 12 × 8 × 2 in
Weight: 1 kg
Published: April 15, 2006
ISBN: 1-55081-218-1
EAN: 978-1-55081-218-3

This story of discovery, romance, and intrigue is set in Berlin shortly after the fall of the Wall.

Anthony Hanbury, a Canadian diplomat pursuing a desultory career, is assigned as consul to Berlin. Having lived in Berlin as a student during the sixties, he asks for this assignment twenty-five years later to renew contact both with the city ­ gripped by the tumultuous changes of German reunification ­ and with people he once knew.

On the surface, Hanbury’s assignment unfolds routinely. Behind the scenes, however, his activities generate forces of suspicion. Only in the new Berlin, ­ where the Wall is gone but East-West divisions continue, where the Cold War’s remnants linger and a totalitarian regime’s entrails are available for scavenging ­ could Hanbury’s fate take the calamitous turn it does. Bracketing the story is Hanbury’s previous boss, Irving Heywood, a man with a zest for Service gossip. In a position of influence at headquarters in Ottawa and piqued by the Berlin events, he unwillingly becomes an agent in the consul’s mysterious downfall.

Reviews:
“The main attraction of De Hoog’s novels are the people who inhabit them. His visual portraits are economic, but his psychological profiles are detailed and filled with subtle brush strokes.”
– Wes Britton, Spywise.
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