VVAA – Agents of Treachery

The best spy is the one uncovering history

A decent anthology, edited by Otto Penzler, with prominent authors and fourteen stories which, though in most cases not standing out as particularly original, however are well-conducted and finished. The weakest moments are represented by “Destiny City” by James Grady, confusing and difficult to follow, “Neighbors” by Joseph Finder, predictable and extremely ordinary, and “Hedged In” by Stella Rimington, trivial and uninteresting. The highest peaks, on the contrary, have been achieved by “East of Suez, West of Charing Cross Road” by John Lawton, “Sleeping with my Murderer” by Andrew Klavan, and above all “Techniques for Interrogation” by David Morrell, three small masterpieces that in themselves are worth the purchase of the whole anthology, and give us glimpses of credible realities, well-structured and enlightening, making the reality that surrounds us disturbing.

Translation by Silvia Accorrà (edited by Chiara Canova and Robert Mardle)