Just finished the 1966 re-edition of this interesting wartime spy story which I enjoyed as it's definitely yet another WG "absorber" ! Won't reveal any details except he leaves the ending to your imagination which is something either you like or you donít. With some stories it can be a good thing other times you're not quite so sure... For me with this one I'm not so sure. Be interesting to hear what others think.
10. Night Journey - 1941.
In the 1966 Bodley Head edition of "Night Journey" Winston Graham adds this short introductory note....
"Night Journey was written in 1940 and published in 1941. It sold about 700 copies and then the type and sheets were destroyed in an air-raid.
It is one of only two spy stories I have ever written. Since its day much has happened to the spy story and much to the spy. Life in the sub-world of espionage has become more savage, more sophisticated and more ambivalent. Yet I hope this novel may still perhaps some interest and some entertainment value - both for itself alone and because it was written in the darkest days of the war. I have revised it for this (1966) publication, but have not attempted to alter its judgements with the superior hind-sight of twenty-five years.
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"Winston Graham writes shrewdly, with a bite to his dialogue." - Scotsman.
"Spying was repugnant to Mencken - even in wartime - but he had no alternative. He took the assignment. His objective was to attend a conference of Nazi scientists, researchers in germ warfare and poison gas, and report back to London. He was to pick up his orders in Venice. The nightmare world, paranoid world of a spy was suddenly Mencken's world. He became a man split between self-respect and fear, conditioned by terror of the faceless men dedicated to his elimination...."
"Perfection is a full stop .... Ever the climbing but never the attaining Of the mountain top." W.G.