A couple of old East German spies in Sweden try to get out of the game by blackmailing the man who has blackmailed them since the war; by the author of The Messenger Must Die (1986). Verner Neuman and his friend Otto have had it. They're old and tired and ready to enjoy the benefits of retirement in Stockholm. To do so, however, will require more than putting in a form at the personnel office: the East German intelligence bureau had planned to work them until they dropped dead. So the two spies find it necessary to play their trump cards, threatening to show the world some photographs and papers that portray the present East German's inconvenient cooperation with the Nazis. The men are not stupid, though, particularly not Otto. They know that their employers will not take the threat lying down, and they settle in to wait for the inevitable assassin. But none of their planning has prepared them for the assassin that does arrive--a tiny, humorless, and totally dedicated killer named Mafia Hanisch. Ms. Hanisch slips into Sweden almost unnoticed and nearly gets the drop on the old boys. Even when they manage to overpower her and truss her up, she slips away and plans a new attack. It's almost more than Vetoer can stand, but Otto is made of sterner stuff, and it looks as if he will be able to hold off the little shrew and proceed with the plan. And the Swedish police have not all been napping. They're on to Maria and they're closing in. It might work out. Clips along with no mistakes. Just like a Volvo.