By Noel Hynd
Whilst a mysterious relic is stolen from a Madrid museum, everyone is demise to find its secrets and techniques. actually. U.S. Treasury agent Alexandra LaDuca returns from Conspiracy in Kiev to trace down the stolen art, a small carving known as The Pietà of Malta. it kind of feels to be an easy task, yet not anything approximately this task is straightforward, because the mysteries and legends surrounding the relic turn into more and more advanced with claims of supernatural strength. As competitive, relentless, and obdurate as ever, Alex crisscrosses Europe via an online of intrigue, threat, and betrayal, joined by means of a cultured, mysterious new accomplice. With echoes of vintage detective and suspense fiction from The Maltese Falcon to The Da Vinci Code, dead night in Madrid takes the reader on a nonstop spellbinding chase via a latest international of terrorists, paintings thieves, and cold-blooded killers.
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The Wilhelmstraße was generally reluctant to open its service to naval intelligence, but the diplomats’ reservations were not so much due to moral or ethical reservations but rather to concerns over the reputation of the diplomatic service. 48 Beyond that, the Wilhelmstraße was quite willing to assist ‘N’ in its quest for agents. In 1911, the year of the Agadir crisis, 20 Spies of the Kaiser Foreign Secretary Alfred von Kiderlen-Wächter practically gave the navy carte blanche to recruit agents from his staff.
In November 1908, Edmonds drafted a memorandum on German espionage for Ewart. ’) to report on everyday life. In the event of a German invasion the agents had special tasks allotted to them, such as cutting of telegraph and telephone lines. 52 Just a few months after Edmonds had submitted this memorandum to the War Office, Le Queux published a short story entitled The Back-Door of England. The protagonist, Ray Raymond, describes the German espionage machinery to a friend in the following terms: We know that our eastern counties have been divided into districts by the Germans, and in each one or more secret agents are busily at work taking notes of food supplies, forage, blacksmiths’ shops, motorcars for transport, the destruction of telegraphs and telephones, positions for artillery, and the best mode of advance south to London.
34 Repington claimed that negligible fortifications and few trained troops within Britain invited a German ‘bolt from the blue’, a contention that was widely credited by the Army General Staff and significant segments of the public. Once the invasion controversy was well under way, Repington formed a ‘Committee of Four’ with Roberts, Lord Lovat, and Sir Samuel Scott, which approached Balfour to persuade him to re-open the investigation on invasion. Repington shrewdly argued that the foe was no longer France, but a much more formidable Germany, warranting a re-investigation of the issue.