CONTACT ON CORKY STREET by Greville Wynne

CONTACT ON CORKY STREET

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Convicted of acting as a British accomplice of the Soviet arch-traitor Oleg Penkovsky, the author served eleven months in several U.S.S.R. prisons before his 1964 exchange for Gordon Lonsdale, a notorious Moscow operator. His book, composed with the assistance of a professional writer, describes his return to British Intelligence after a postwar career as a continental representative for several British manufacturers, a position he used as a ""cover"" for trips to Moscow and other East European capitals, where he pursued his covert activities. While the story is in no sense more exciting than fiction, its sympathetic description of Penkovsky and accounts of prison life give it a certain amount of interest. Unfortunately the memoirs also suffer from an undistinguished style and the author's bulldoggish self-assurance.

Pub Date: Jan. 22nd, 1967
Publisher: Atheneum