When a psychiatric colleague is killed by a hit-and-run driver, Maclean suspects murder linked to one of his patients.
That patient is the powerful publisher, Laurence Hallam Fisher.
Maclean gathers evidence to link Fisher with the deaths of several prostitutes, all similar in appearance. But Fisher disappears before he can be questioned. In what becomes a quest for his own past, he makes for Berlin and goes through the Wall into East Germany.
Maclean follows him. Fisher finds the espionage school where he and the girl he loved were trained as spies. There, spymasters attempt to condition Fisher to go back to his spying assignment in Britain.
But he chooses suicide in a car crash and makes a dying confession to Maclean.


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