The Folks at Fifty-Eight is set at the start of the Cold War. Gerald Hammond is recruited for a mission in East Germany to rescue Catherine Schmidt. Hammond is successful despite an intensive search for them by the Red Army and gets given a job at the State Department on his retunr, but he wonders why Schmidt was so important. As he tries to find out more, he gets into a murkier world of espionage and power-politics.
The novel is excellent and moves along at a fast-pace throughout. It is written in a gritty style all the characters are shown to be flawed in some way. The brutality of the aftermath of war is shown along with the fluid morality of those involved in the espionage world. I enjoyed the book.
Rating (out of 5): ****