Simon Larren's latest mission for British Counter Espionage is a dangerous trip over the Afghan-Soviet border to rescue a double agent from a mental hospital in Samarkand. But ex-diplomat Nevile Mannering has changed sides more than twice and now his loyalties are unreliable. Despite the help of Caroline Brand and a young Afghani named Sharif, Larren's mission soon becomes a confusion of disasters, dangers, and sheer bad luck - and through it all he is pitted against the ruthless Soviet KGB.
Used availability for Robert Charles's Strikefast
February 1969 : UK Hardback
May 1998 : UK Paperback