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“Everything.” “Yes. Everything.” “Hm,” Winterbotham said. “Problems may arise. Schroeder may prove less cooperative than we hope. Or Canaris more suspicious.” “Yes.” “But if it works, old chap … if we dangle you as the bait, and they bite …” He trailed off again, and arched an eyebrow inquisitively. “Do I have a choice?” Winterbotham asked. “Of course. This is dangerous, Harry. I think I’ve made that clear. And if you choose not to take part in it, nobody will blame you. We would invite you to remain here, at Latchmere, as our guest, for the duration of the war. But we wouldn’t blame you for an instant.” “Hm,” Winterbotham said. “So?” Winterbotham took a moment before answering. He made two more smoke rings, a large one and a small one, and sent the small one floating through the large one. Then he looked up at Taylor. Later, when he thought back on it, Taylor would remember Winterbotham’s eyes at that moment. They were small and sharp and hot, like twin smoldering coals. They were the eyes of the young Winterbotham—the wildcat. Looking back, Taylor realized that those eyes should have warned him. He should have known, at that instant, that Winterbotham had ideas of his own about working for MI-5. Winterbotham smiled, a rather morbid smile. “Where do I sign?” he said.

LOS ALAMOS, NEW MEXICO APRIL 1943 Catherine Danielson Carter couldn’t believe her eyes. She read the letter again, certain that she would find some indication that it was not what it seemed to be—it was a prank, a mistake, a gag. When she reached the end, her eyes skipped immediately back up to the first line. She was extremely conscious of the fact that she should really get the hell out of

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