For a Falklands War survivor and energetic young advertising executive, a game of chess in the hot thermal springs of the Szechenyi Baths seems a bizarre refuge from impending fate. But this is Budapest and Oliver Freemantle, younger son of Britain's Foreign Minister, besides his love affair with the lovely but mysterious Erzebet Sandor, is in the business of evasion- from the Hungarian secret police and, more importantly, from senior men of the FO.
In the Kremlin. a question of supreme concern exercises the minds of the secretary general of the CPSU and his scientific advisers: is it possible to destroy a hostile intercontinental Ballistic Missile within seconds of launch, or even within its silo, from an energy source in space, and so devastate its own environment? Fears of America's advances in Star Wars technology reach fever pitch. 'Kvali', agent and long time sleeper, must be reactivated.
In Whitehall and in the rural calm of Sir Adrian and lady Eleanor Freemantle's Hampshire home, a series of extraordinary events follows the discovery of a Chopin tape given to Sir Adrian by a celebrated Polish pianist . But what is the significance of the tape's missing 47 seconds? And why do three men have to die before the mole in the British establishment is forced to break cover?
Raymond Hitchcock's riveting spy thriller is a masterly study in duplicity and international power politics. (Taken from Blurb)
239 pages. Black boards with bright silver title on spine. Block edges slightly browned with age and very light foxing to block edges. Faint yellow marks on pages 1, 238 and 239. Apart from that pages are crisp and clean. The book is tightly bound. On first free end paper signed and dated by author. Reads' To dearest Anne with much love Raymond Hitchcock Jan '88 '. Dust jacket present. Price unclipped. Foxing to inside of dust jacket. Attached to inside flap of dust jacket and the front board are two newspaper clippings of reviews of 'Checkmate Budapest'. Front board slightly discoloured where paperclip is.