Our “hero” Lysander Rief is an actor, and through out this well written spy story you are never quite sure what is true, what is illusion and when he is being himself.
Set just before, and in the early part of World War One, this is a very good yarn, with many twists and turns, ensuring that you continue reading to find out what the truth is. Whether you ever find out the truth is debatable, as right to the end there are twists and more twists.
The evocations of Vienna, Geneva and London are wonderful, and make these cities feel real, especially Vienna.
A good story, well written by a master storyteller.