By Otto Penzler
For the 1st time ever, mythical editor Otto Penzler has handpicked probably the most revered and bestselling mystery writers operating this day for a riveting number of undercover agent fiction. From first to final, this stellar assortment indications undertaking accomplished.
* Lee baby with a tremendous examine the formation of a distinct ops telephone.
* James Grady writing approximately an Arab undercover FBI agent with an lively cell.
* Joseph Finder riffing on a Boston architect who's confident his Persian friends are as much as no good.
* John Lawton concocting a Len Deighton-esque tale approximately British intelligence.
* Stephen Hunter exciting us with a story a couple of WWII brigade.
Full record of Contributors:
James Grady, Charles McCarry, Lee baby, Joseph Finder, John Lawton, John Weisman, Stephen Hunter, Gayle Lynds, David Morrell, Andrew Klavan, Robert Wilson, Dan Fesperman, Stella Rimington, Olen Steinhauer
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Chaired by Richard Burdon Haldane, Secretary of State for War, the committee included the First Lord of the Admiralty, the Home Secretary and representatives of the Foreign Office and Treasury, along with Spencer Ewart and his Admiralty counterpart, Admiral Alexander Bethell (Director of Naval Intelligence). As well as assessing the danger arising from espionage in Britain, the sub-committee was charged with considering whether any alteration was ‘desirable in the system at present in force in the Admiralty and War Office for obtaining information from abroad’.
For most of the nineteenth century, the United Kingdom had been by far the most powerful country in the world, possessing the greatest empire ever seen, and Britain’s leaders had been able to pursue a policy of so-called splendid isolation, largely impervious to any serious threat from other countries. But by the end of the century Britain’s economic lead over the rest of the world was beginning to be eroded, and as rival countries started to catch up, the very extent of British power - what the historian Paul Kennedy has called ‘imperial overstretch’ - came to be regarded as a potential weakness.
To get in touch with men in various German ports who would be willing to send us information particularly in time of strained relations’. The overall cost of the Bureau was estimated at something over £2,000 a year (the equivalent of about £150,000 in current money), to be met, at least in part, out of ‘the present secret service vote’. An interesting feature of these recommendations (which were entirely accepted by the main sub-committee at their final meeting on 12 July 1909) is the marked bias towards foreign intelligence-gathering contained in the proposed ‘objects’ of the Bureau, a contrast with the original focus on domestic counter-intelligence.
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