Graham Greene. The Ministry of Fear. London: Vintage Books, 2001 [1943]. One of Greene's lesser-known thrillers. Some evocative portraits of London during the Blitz, as when the protagonist looks out over battered Battersea and sees that 'Most of the church spires seemed to have been snapped off two-thirds up like sugar sticks'. The world is described as having 'been remade by William Le Queux', though I reckon there's some Noel Pemberton Billing in it too.

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