The Devil's Bargain
In 1988 Harry made one mistake: he took a bribe, letting a man he knew as Igor into Britain - and he's regretted it ever since. So when he recognises Igor many years later as his newly-elected MP, he knows he has to come clean. But the MP recognises him too - and Harry fears what he might do next.
Reviewed on 7th May 2022
In Stella Rimington’s latest novel she’s departed from her previous character and introduced an entirely new set for us to follow on their investigations and suspicions.
It’s a fascinating take, although for the genre felt particularly low on suspense. We’re aware of many points of view throughout, which does mean we know more than the characters, but also means that we get to see everything play out from all over.
One of the aspects that I found quite clever was the sense of timelessness. Apart from the context of being after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there is very little to indicate when the story happens - no detailed mention of mobile phone technology - so could easily have been any point in the last 20 years or so.
An enjoyable adventure I thought, and I hope that these continue.