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May 4, 2009 6:29 PM Subscribe
Help me find an old spy novel (details inside) ...
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey to media & arts (2 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Hello, I'm trying to locate an old spy novel... I have not read this novel but the details were related to me by an older gentleman who has since passed on.
-The setting was post WWII (or if not, during WWII).
-the main character was British, he was in the U.K. after the war, and had served in the U.K. military.
-I believe he spent time in a POW camp or had some exposure to the german military in spite of the fact that he was part of the British military.
-one day, in his day-to-day activities, he sees a man who he recognizes as a former german military official.
-the british man then reports this to the authorities.
-the authorities then instruct him to follow the german in turn, as a counter-espionage activity, and the story takes off from there.
-the villain, which may or may not be this german, had one leg.
-at the climax of the story, I think this peg-legged man is climbing the stairs, and the sound of his wooden leg plunking on the stairs makes for a suspenseful climax.
-the book would have been written no later than the late 1950's.
-the final trick: I'm not sure of the original language this novel was written in.
The gentleman I knew, read this novel when he lived in hungary, and the novel was in hungarian. I do not know if this was an authentic hungarian novel or it was translated into hungarian from english.
Any insights would be appreciated.