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The Hour of Maximum Danger

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The Hour of Maximum Danger is James Barlow's prophetic novel which foreshadowed the sensational disclosures of the 1960's most infamous spy case: the Profumo affair. Barlow exposes the Communist techniques of infiltration and espionage and gives us a vivid insight into the tense atmosphere of Cold War Britain.

A stunning model obscenely trapped by a cynical photographer, a religious extremist and a refugee scientist astonished by the lack of security in England - these characters, so cleverly manipulated to betray secrets by a puppet-master, find that ultimately they are no match for an honest police detective.

Praise for The Hour of Maximum Danger

'A tough, edgy spy story which is ... full of suspense'
Evening Standard

Bristol Evening Post

'James Barlow's new thriller is deadly serious, and constructed with as much sophistication and meticulous attention to detail as a masterpiece of espionage warrants'
Western Mail

'James Barlow is a story-teller whose stories ... are first class'

'In a gripping manner, Barlow moves his characters with great skill and will keep you in suspense at every turn of the plot'
Dublin Evening Herald

'A fascinating story of treason'
American Statesman

'Mr Barlow gives value for money'
Sunday Times


Used availability for James Barlow's The Hour of Maximum Danger

Paperback Editions

February 1973 : UK Paperback

Title: The Hour of Maximum Danger
Author(s): James Barlow
ISBN: 0-14-002091-8 / 978-0-14-002091-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Kindle Editions

February 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Hour of Maximum Danger
Author(s): James Barlow
Publisher: Peach Publishing
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