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which may be valuable in this matter, I request that you submit it to me immediately.” “Of course, Herr Admiral.” “Or if you happen to recall some contact which you cannot, for whatever reason, recall at this moment—” “There was no such contact, Admiral. To my regret.” “I see,” Canaris said. He looked dismayed, but this, Hagen thought, was also an act. Beneath the dismay, he was pleased. Another thing gone wrong for the Führer. Another chance that the Allies would take care of Hitler without Canaris and his cowardly conspirators ever having to extend themselves. The disdain washed over him again. He could hardly keep it off his face. “That is all, Herr Admiral?” he said. “That is all.” Hagen rose, rapped his heels together smartly, and extended his right arm, held straight, with the palm facing Canaris. “Heil Hitler!” he said. “Heil Hitler,” Canaris answered, somewhat lackadaisically. Hagen turned and moved toward the door. Before stepping out, he looked over his shoulder at Canaris. The man was bent over his desk, making a note. Traitor, Hagen thought darkly. What he would have given for agent V.1353 to be alive and operating in America, just so he could withhold that information from Canaris. What he would have given for agent V.1353 to resurface, priceless intelligence in hand, proving to one and all that his judgment had been flawless … proving that she really was the best of the best. But he had given up hope long before. Hagen faced front again and let himself out of Canaris’s office.

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