By Adam Hall
The Quiller sequence makes a speciality of a solitary, hugely able undercover agent (named after Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch) who works (generally on my own) for a central authority bureau that "doesn't exist" and narrates his personal adventures. Quiller (not his genuine identify) occupies a literary center flooring among James Bondand John le Carré. he's a talented motive force, pilot, diver, and linguist, yet doesn't hold a gun.
The sequence is especially stylized, that includes severe depictions of undercover agent tradecraft relationships, superb bounce cuts among chapters, and deep, occasionally self-pitying inside monologues. the 1st of the Quiller novels, The Berlin Memorandum (1965) (retitled The Quiller Memorandum within the US) received an Edgar Award, from the secret Writers of the USA, for top Novel. It was once filmed in 1966 lower than its US identify with a screenplay by means of Harold Pinter and starred George Segal and Alec Guinness. It was once additionally tailored right into a 1975 British tv sequence, that includes Michael Jayston.
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Just prison, then,’ she accepted. ’ He looked down at the woman, smiling at her misunderstanding. ‘Prison wasn’t the worst part,’ he said. She frowned up into his face. ‘Not knowing was the worst part,’ he tried to explain, with difficulty. ‘Being aware, as I was, for almost a year that I was being hunted yet not knowing what they were doing or how to fight back …’ He paused, back among the memories. ‘Not knowing is like being aware that you’re dying and unable to do anything about it,’ he said.
Who then? ‘Willoughby,’ the man identified himself, as if in answer to Charlie’s question. ’ Charlie’s eyes flickered for a moment to the name on the tomb plaques, then back to the man who was now offering his hand, recognising the similarity. The handshake was firm, without the usual ridiculous tendency to turn it into a form of Indian palm wrestling, and the brown eyes held Charlie’s in a direct, almost unblinking gaze. Just like the old man’s, remembered Charlie. Until the end, that was. ‘What an incredible coincidence,’ said Willoughby.
Charlie! ’ Afterwards Charlie remembered with satisfaction the smoothness of his reactions. The gateway was still too far away to consider walking on, as if the name meant nothing. He couldn’t run, of course. But they could. They’d get him before he’d gone twenty yards. They? It had been a single voice. Just one man, after so long? Probably. Fight then. Feign bewilderment, to gain the moment of uncertainty. Then fight to kill. Quickly, before anyone in the cemetery realised what was happening.