The Naked Runner Author:Francis Clifford Set mainly in Leipzig, the story tells how Sam Laker, civilian, but a veteran of World War II intelligence, reluctantly agrees to act as temporary unpaid agent for the West during a private business trip to East Germany. He is assured that it will be a routine mission involving no risk, but in the course of a few days he is caught in the clutche... more »s of an organization of deadly efficiency and ruthlessness that turns him from a successful, fatherly English businessman into a cold and paranoiac killer.
The appalling dilemma that Laker is drawn into produces an astonishing sequence of events in East Germany and Copenhagen. Along with a wartime comrade named Karen, whom he has never stopped loving, and his teen-age son Patrick, he is engulfed by a drama which illuminates and comments on the things men will do to each other when they are sure enough of the cause they serve.
For sheer storytelling The Naked Runner is a book that will long be remembered; as a work that mirrors the anxious times in which we live it is unforgettable.« less