A Position of Trust

Roy Hart, Author St. Martin's Press $15.95 (205p) ISBN 978-0-312-63186-4
Throughout Hart's novel of espionage, the focus remains on the desperate, single-minded maneuverings of Jocelyn (Joss) Coast, a British intelligence agent. Relying on his studied charm, Joss has kept the trust of his superiors and co-workers through the years while he hands over secrets to the KGB. Now aware that a top Soviet operative is defecting to the U.S., Joss invents ploys to protect his cover and to prevent the Russian's revelations to the CIA. When his superiors learn of a traitor in their midst, Joss plants evidence incriminating an innocent colleague, a close friend, who dies of a heart attack when questioned. Similarly, the traitor abuses his relationships with his divorced wife and other women; he even drives himself to murder as the net tightens around him. The author's powerful drama holds one riveted to events in the life of a flawed human in extremis, who elicits pity as well as contempt. December 31
Reviewed on: 12/02/1985
Release date: 12/01/1985
Hardcover - 978-1-55504-627-9
Paperback - 208 pages - 978-0-380-70278-7
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