Ashenden or the British Agent Author:W. Somerset Maugham The secret agent has a dangerous and lonely life, rewarded by anonymity--shadowed by the fear of death. W. Somerset Maugham lived it and, from his own experiences as a British secret agent in Europe during WW I, devised the novel Ashenden. — Originally published in 1928, the work is the archetype of the espionage novel, the book to which modern p... more »ractitioners such as Eric Ambler, Ian Fleming, Graham Greene, Len Deighton, John le Carr?, Robert Ludlum, and Alan Furst are indebted for creation of the genre.
It might be described as a "story-cycle" with each of the stand-alone 16 chapters relating to the book's theme and subject. The print is rather small.« less