Alexander Eberlin is a small, faceless civil servant working for the Government at the height of the Cold War. As he nears middle age, he allows himself one luxury – to dress like a Dandy. His superiors send him on a mission to hunt down and destroy a cold-blooded and vicious Russian assassin named Krasnevin, who is responsible for a number of British agents’ deaths. But Eberlin has a secret – he is Krasnevin. This is the story of what happens when Eberlin is sent to destroy himself.
Back in print fifty years after it was first published, A Dandy In Aspic is one of the greatest of all the Cold War spy novels, and is ready to be discovered by a new generation of readers.
‘Brilliant and graceful’ Tom Stoppard
‘He writes like John le Carré at the top of his form’ Yorkshire Post
`A classic of the cold war spy stories – one of the earliest and one of the best. Marlowe’s Eberlin/Krasnevin is on the run from himself on different levels and in different places: the evocations of London and Berlin in the 1960s are superb.’ Piers Paul Read
‘Characters and settings make it near-compulsive reading with the tension rising to an exciting finale in Berlin’ Daily Mail
‘A Dandy In Aspic is a great spy novel: beautifully written and with a melancholy soul beneath its wry humour, it’s high time it came out from the shadows again’ Jeremy Duns, author of the ‘Paul Dark’ novels
‘Nicely told, with occasional wit and considerable irony . . . A most promising debut’ Sunday Times
‘A very well written, intelligent spy thriller’ The Observer