|Plot Summary of Spy Catcher|
|"Peter Wright follows his father's footsteps into the realm of electronic technology during the late 1930's. He's finally offered a position in the newly established scientific department within the British MI-5. Peter is obsessed with catching spies inside MI-5. After Philby and Burgess defect, he knows there are more traitors in their midst. A Mr. Blunt finally confesses to espionage, but it took many years to catch him. Using electronic methods, Peter Wright follows the electronic signatures, and through vetting techniques; he uncovers the location of spies by their code names, and MI-5 employees during specific periods. He interrogates defectors who supply him with details of spies (using their code names) and their activities, crossing this information with MI-5 files, etc.; he pursues his prey by following the scent. He thinks his boss, Mr. Hollis, is a spy. And he pursues every shred of evidence that leads in that direction. A story of a houseful of spies recruited by MI-5 (and MI-6) before World War II. It takes all of Peter Wrights career to weed them out, or retire them to greener pasture. He was an obsessed and determined man, who stuck by his principles to the very end: no matter what the cost to himself personally."
F. Scott Sinclair, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Spy Catcher|
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War/Cloak & Dagger story?
- Searching for spies
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- government investigator
How sensitive is this person?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Writer's slant towards subject:
- somewhat unfavorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
Is this a biography of several people?
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
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