THE TIRED SPY by David Stone


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Military Intelligence # 776-H, a quiet, brilliant man, Paul Porlock, is tired- not only of his work- he is anxious to go to Florence and paint. But there is also a definite loss of enthusiasm for his wife Lesley, a plain woman, unimproved by her fourth pregnancy, and his neurotically querulous brood. Escaping this joyless life- he runs off to Italy where an American girl offers him a fresher, younger landscape- but he is followed by all kinds of people; other agents; Ashby, who runs a lovelorn column; his wife- as a ""reminder""; etc., and there are various entanglements- aesthetic- amorous- just plain libidinous- before Porlock is released from his previous commitments.... Flighty, even silly, and quite possibly indelicate.

Pub Date: March 13th, 1960
Publisher: Putnam