The Labyrinth Makers Author:Anthony Price The Ministry of Defence had a problem. The Soviets were showing inordinate interest in the remains of the Dakota, discovered at the bottom of a drained lake in Lincolnshire. That the bomber we used to smuggle something out of the ruins of Berlin was obvious. What that something was seemed better left unknown. — That was the government's decision,... more » and the assigned Dr. David Audley, an advisor to the Ministry, to head the investigation. Certainly he would be out of his depth. By putting Audley in charge, the government would insure that nothing would be learned and that the Russian bear would be appeased.
David Audley sensed that something was not quite right, but went ahead and did his job. Unfortunately for everyone involved on the British side, he did it to well: He found a treasure.« less
This was nice little spy novel - suggested by Charles Stross of all people.
It revolves around one Dr. David Audley, a Middle East expert who gets a little too accurate and too strident for the comfort of politicians in the Ministry of Defense and is turfed out to field which work. Something he doesn't like doing.
The field work involves a recovered Dakota bomber - lost after WW II smuggling something out of Berlin. Something the Soviets are still interested in even 25 years later. Along the way Audley discovers he likes field work a bit too much for his taste and comfort, uses his network of academics and Middle East experts (some spies) to good effect. He's also lucky and knows it - to his discomfort.