The third in a projected series of ten novels (The Rich Pay Late 1965. p. 262; Friends in Low Places 1966. p. 263) this has more of a philosophical emphasis than the first two aseptic dissections of British society. It's a muted description of foreign intrigue, set in Germany in 1952. Its anti-hero, slight, moralistic Daniel Mond, is a brilliant mathematician sent from Cambridge to Gottingen to work for his doctorate. He becomes involved with the deciphering the of complex posthumous papers of Herr Doktor Dortmund -- mysterious symbols which might lead to some devastating effects. The Sabre Squadron is the group of upper class British soldiers who occupy Gottingen with whom Daniel becomes inextricably involved. There's caustic intrigue in this tale of a man destroyed by his own weakness but the book seems limited by its quiet tone of voice and British inflection.