The Interrogator, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Shortlisted for the CWA/Ian Fleming Award, The Interrogator is a masterful spy story set in the darkest days of the Second World War. The Enigma Code has been broken - but what if German High Command can read our naval signals, too?

For all readers of John le Carre and Robert Harris - 'Terrific...Robert Harris had better watch out' Daily Mail.

Spring, 1941. The armies of the Reich are masters of Europe. Britain stands alone, dependent on her battered navy for survival, while Hitler's submarines - his 'grey wolves' - prey on the Atlantic convoys that are the country's only lifeline.

Lieutenant Douglas Lindsay is amongst just a handful of men picked up when his ship is torpedoed. Unable to free himself from the memories of that night at sea, he becomes an interrogator with naval intelligence, questioning captured U-Boat crews.

He is convinced the Germans have broken British naval codes, but he's a lone voice, a damaged outsider, and his superiors begin to wonder - can he really be trusted when so much is at stake?

As the Blitz reduces Britain's cities to rubble and losses at sea mount, Lindsay becomes increasingly isolated and desperate. No one will believe him, not even his lover, Mary Henderson, who works at the very heart of the intelligence establishment.

Lindsay decides to risk all in one last throw of the dice, setting a trap for his prize captive - and nemisis - U-Boat Commander Jurgen Mohr, the man who sent his ship to its doom.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages, n/a
  • Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
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  • Category: Second World War fiction
  • ISBN: 9780719523816



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This book is the story of a naval lieutenant whose ship is torpedoed and as a result finds himself employed on work interrogating German prisoners of war. He becomes convinced that Germany is able to break British codes, but his efforts to find evidence of this land him in trouble with his superiors and the whole security 'establishment'. The book has a very authentic feel of the times; it's low key and unsensationalist. The story includes the interrogator's relationship with someone working in naval intelligence and this is written very well - even the sex scenes manage to be realistic and are not simply inserted for the sake of it. There's a couple of good twists towards the end, and a longer historical perspective. The book cover compares the author to Robert Harris but this is not really the same sort of book as 'Enigma' - it's not a thriller, rather a sort of psychological study.

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Good feel for the period, but I expected more twists.

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Good feel for the period, but I expected more twists.

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