Peter is asked to protect Barney Winkler, a German academic whose book on the Cold war has put him in danger from former Stasi members. Winkler is seen in conversation with an ex-associate Leon Falke, who is murdered, Winkler disappearing soon after, his abandoned car dumped in the sea. Andy is holidaying in Whitby where he meets old flame Florence Stockton, a much-married lady several of whose ex-husbands turn up mysteriously dead in Yorkshire, and is called back to look into the German's disappearance. Florence also knew Winkler. Is she the link to the murders or is it, as Andy suspects, cloak and dagger - or even professional jealousy in the groves of Academe?
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