Eye of the Needle, Paperback Book
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His weapon is the stiletto, his codename: The Needle.

He is Hitler's prize undercover agent - a cold and professional killer.

It is 1944 and weeks before D-Day. The Allies are disguising their invasion plans with a phoney armada of ships and planes.

Their plan would be ruined if an enemy agent found out...and then The Needle does just that.

Hunted by MI5, he leads a murderous trail across Britain to a waiting U-Boat.

But he hasn't planned for a storm-battered island, and the remarkable young woman who lives there. "Eye of the Needle", an international bestseller, is a heart-racingly exciting tale about the fate of the war resting in the hands of a master spy, his opponent and a brave woman. 'An absolutely terrific thriller, so pulse-pounding, so ingenious in its plotting and so frighteningly realistic that you simply cannot stop reading' - "Publishers Weekly". 'A tense, marvellously detailed suspense thriller based on a solid foundation of fact' - "Sunday Times".


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9780330509916

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Whilst this was largely well-written, it suffers like others dealing with historical events where the outcome is known at the beginning, so it is a matter of how the authorities stop the spy rather than if. Another couple of points grated about Storm Island off the Scottish coast, location of the final scenes: I find it hard to believe that a remote Scottish island supporting three people and a child was provided with mains electricity at two houses at opposite ends of the island during WWII and apparently directly from the mainland, some 10 miles or so distant. Alternatively there was never any mention of a generator or generators being used to provide electricity, a more viable and cost-effective solution for a remote, barely populated island. Secondly, one has to suspend belief that a young man, who had lost his lower legs and with a wife and young baby, would elect to live on such an inhospitable island, never mind drive himself around in an automatic (i.e. fuel guzzling) Jeep. On the latter point the US military only received Willys Jeeps in 1941 and it is highly unlikely one would been have available to someone living on a remote Scottish island!

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