A Matter of Honour by Jeffrey Archer

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They could launch their rockets before you could get to your office, his predecessor had warned him. By the time Zaborski had reached the top floor and the gates had been pulled back for him, he had made up his mind. It would be Valchek. A secretary helped him off with his long black coat and took his hat. Zaborski walked quickly to his desk. The two files he had asked for were awaiting him. He sat down and began to pore over Valchek's file. " Comrade Romanov lay flat on his back, his left arm behind his head and his opponent's right over his throat preparing for a double knee-thrust.

Enquired the girl, sounding a little apprehensive. " She looked relieved. "I will see if I can help. " "Yes I have, I hope it isn't too difficult," Adam said. He took the envelope from his inside pocket and extracted the first paragraph of Goering's letter. Then he put the envelope back in his pocket, took out a little notebook and waited expectantly. He felt like a cub reporter. She read the paragraph over two or three times, then seemed to hesitate. " "Not exactly," she replied, still concentrating on the words in front of her.

She asked. "Not that exactly," said Adam. "But Lawrence is your chum," she said. Adam didn't reply. "My God this is the sixties, Adam. " "It's just that . " began Adam. " She tiptoed to the door, and slipped back out into the corridor, unaware of her German rival. The first action Romanov took on leaving the Chairman's office that morning was to return to his alma mater and hand-pick a team of twelve researchers. From the moment they had been briefed they proceeded to 40 A Matter of Honour study in pairs on four-hour shifts, so that the work could continue night and day.

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