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You are a secret agent working for the British in Berlin You are due to go home on leave, but you are being followed by your own people, or by the enemy A man meets you in the theater and briefs you on a plot to revive the power of Nazi Germany You do not believe him, but you remember that one of the suspects mentioned was a senior SS officer you met with in the days when you were working as a spy in Nazi Germany The next day you make contact with a beautiful girl Synopsis blurb.
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You are a secret agent working for the British in Berlin You are due to go home on leave, but you are being followed by your own people, or by the enemy A man meets you in the theater and briefs you on a plot to revive the power of Nazi Germany You do not believe him, but you remember that one of the suspects mentioned was a senior SS officer you met with in the days when you were working as a spy in Nazi Germany The next day you make contact with a beautiful girl who may know something Someone tries to kill both of you Your name is Quiller You are the hero of an extraordinary novel which shows how a spy works, how messages are coded and decoded, how contacts are made, how a man reacts under the influence of truth drugs and which traces the story of a vastly complex, entertaining, convincing, and sinister plot.
In the past year or two I have tried, not very successfully, I admit to expand my reading scope to include a whole range of writers that I wouldn t normally find nestled under the crime fiction umbrella A logical off shoot seemed to me to be thrillers or espionage books.
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Robert Harris, Olen Steinhauer, Jeremy Duns, John le Carre all seemed to fit the bill Scratching a bit below the surface of the genre, I came across Adam Hall a pseudonym of Elleston Trevor Hall Trevor wrote a series of 19 books about Quiller a British agent the first of which was published in 1965, the last in 1996.
This first in the series was the recipient of the prestigious Edgar Award in 1966, which was the same year a film adaptation was released starring Alec Guinness I can t recall seeing the film, but at least now I ve read the book It s a relatively short book at less than 200 pages, as a lot of fiction of the period seems to be But hey, as I keep telling my wife, size isn t everything Within the confines of this thin book, Hall manages to paint a vivid landscape of a cold, hostile, frightening city where the future of the continent is being fought for by conflicting ideologies with disparate interests Hall takes the reader inside Quiller s head and convincingly conveys the dread and psyche of a lone agent pitted against an enemy that refuses to accept that the end of the war brought the defeat of Nazism Stunning, thoughtful, sympathetic, humane just a few random adjectives that inadequately convey my thoughts on this book.
4 from 5, though a week or so on from finishing it I can t quite put my finger on why it wasn t a 5.
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I picked my copy up a year or two ago, second hand from some forgotten online outlet.
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uk 2013 02 The Berlin Memorandum, or The Quiller Memorandum as it is also known, is the first book in the twenty book Quiller series, written by Elleston Trevor under the pen name of Adam Hall The Quiller series is highly regarded by the spy fiction community, and as strange as it may seem because I have had most of the books for years I have never actually read them I thought it was time to rectify that oversight, and start at the very top.
As the novel begins, we meet Quiller at the theatre His The Berlin Memorandum, or The Quiller Memorandum as it is also known, is the first book in the twenty book Quiller series, written by Elleston Trevor under the pen name of Adam Hall The Quiller series is highly regarded by the spy fiction community, and as strange as it may seem because I have had most of the books for years I have never actually read them I thought it was time to rectify that oversight, and start at the very top.
As the novel begins, we meet Quiller at the theatre His evening of merriment is interrupted when a man enters his viewing box The man s name is Pol, and he has a new assignment for Quiller Actually it s an old assignment, but the person who had been on the case has been killed Pol meaning Control wants Quiller to take over the assignment It appears that there is a group of neo Nazis in Berlin who are planning a major operation Control want to know what it is Quiller reluctantly agrees to take over the assignment, but he has one condition He wants all cover called off He wants to go in alone no watchers or assistants just him.
During the first hundred odd pages of The Berlin Memorandum, not too much happens The story fleshes out Quiller s background and how he has been rounding up Nazi war criminals since the end of the war It also lays down quite a bit of trade craft, showing how Quiller thinks, acts and communicates with his superiors At this stage of the book, you could be forgiven for thinking that The Berlin Memorandum is just another spy story another Nazi hunting spy story and you d probably be correct But, it what happens at this juncture where Quiller is taken captive by the neo Nazis that kicks this story up a notch and moves the book to a higher level.
Pages 124 125 Collins 1965So it wasn t pentothal It was the sleep kick trick gradual narcosis with sodium amytal then a shock dose of benzedrine or pervitine to kick the sleeper awake My brain was so clear that I could remember the exact words my lecturer has used in 1948 the brutal awakening makes the verbal objectivisation of psychic contents most urgent, so that they come into the speech phase with an explosive force hitherto unknown.
The psychological sparring between Quiller and his captor, Oktober is gripping reading As the story progresses, it becomesfascinating with each subsequent attempt to make Quiller talk Almost like a chess game Sometimes Quiller falls into a trap and has to tough it out On other occasions, he manages to outwit his enemies And as much as Oktober and Uber Nazi, Zossen and his minions are the primarily objective for Quiller, the real driving force in the story is the very unusual relationship that Quiller enters into with Fraulein Inga Lindt Inga was a child of only nine years old when the war ended but she had a rather different view of the end or at least the end for Adolph Hitler because she was in the Fuhrerbunker when Hitler killed himself.
Inga worshiped Hitler as a god and she became a staunch neo Nazi But then she fell in with a bad crowd called Phonix Now she wants to get out The thing is, as you could imagine in anyone who had lived in such a dark world, surround by death, she is now, what would be euphemistically called damaged goods Why Quiller is drawn to her, is never really explained, but at the same time, with the snippets of his own background story which we are afforded, you could possibly see why he would be attracted to such a woman.
As you have no doubt guessed, this group Phonix, that Inga used to belong to, are the neo Nazi organisation that Quiller is after, and through her, he sees a way in Of a kind anyway Quiller had been making enough waves and scoring media attention arresting neo Nazis, that sooner or later the bad guys were going to come looking for him.
Many readers may have seen the film The Quiller Memorandum, based on this book I actually think it is one of the better spy films made in the sixties, but despite a few scenes retained from the book, they are two very different beasts The film is essentially a wafer thin palimpsest of the book and I must admit I don t know how good the film would be if it were faithful to the novel Firstly it would have to be twice as long, and most likely have to have a voice over narration explaining Quiller s though processes For example, there s a passage in the book, where Quiller, while being interrogated, induces himself to faint In a film, that sequence would take about three seconds and make very little sense except to paint the character as a weaker man than he actually is Anyway, the thing to take from this, is not to dismiss the film, but to suggest to those who have seen the film, that they are not being presented with the full story And therefore, I recommend tracking down a copy of book.
As I said at the start, this is essentially my first Quiller novel And I would suggest reading it, is a bit like going for a swim on a cloudy day When you first put your foot in the water, your first reaction is that it is cold, and you don t really want to go in But then you persevere, and then once you re in, you actually find that the water is warm and comfortable and you don t really want to get out because it seems colder outside the water than in That s The Berlin Memorandum it has a bit of a cold start, but once you re in, you don t really want to get out This Well Drawn Tale Of Espionage Is Set In West Berlin, Years After The End Of WW II Quiller, A British Agent Who Works Without Gun, Cover Or Contacts, Takes On A Neo Nazi Underground Organization And Its War Criminal Leader In The Process, He Discovers A Complex And Malevolent Plot, Dangerous To The World Than Any Crime Committed During The WarOn Its Publication In , The Quiller Memorandum Received The Edgar Award As Best Mystery Of The Year read and enjoyed many years ago.
I can t NOT begin by saying, This Is A MUST read For Every Fan Of The Espionage Genre The setting is the most shadowy post WWII Berlin with the master players lined up against each other The Brits and The Nazi Heirs.
This book introduced Quiller and it s a treat He works for an unnamed and elusive British Agency, dedicated to hunt down the war criminals However, in this book, his mission is purely to infiltrate and expose What took my breath away was the view of the world through the I can t NOT begin by saying, This Is A MUST read For Every Fan Of The Espionage Genre The setting is the most shadowy post WWII Berlin with the master players lined up against each other The Brits and The Nazi Heirs.
This book introduced Quiller and it s a treat He works for an unnamed and elusive British Agency, dedicated to hunt down the war criminals However, in this book, his mission is purely to infiltrate and expose What took my breath away was the view of the world through the mind of a master spy It s truly a mesmerising journey through the detailed reasoning and analyses that Quiller uses to move forward and stay alive He is no invincible spy He is highly flawed and makes tragic and avoidable mistakes There is no black and white, but different hues of grey in all the characters of the story This is an intricate web of psychological minefields influencing behavioural patterns, deductions and reasonings But what I thoroughly enjoyed in The Quiller Memorandum is old school spycraft In a world without technology, lives hang in the balance of pure intelligence and subsequent judgements Quiller takes us into this amazing journey where we get to see how he collects, collates and transmits messages how he plays various scenarios to improvise, adapt and survive how he endures interrogations and pressure tactics and lastly, how he plays the mind games like a true master.
This is definitely an OUTSTANDING spy novel that should be in the collection of the espionage fan P.
S The movie starring George Seagal released in 1966 couldn t even capture 10% of the mind games that kept on playing in this book in every page read the book first at all costs The Quiller Memorandum is the first of nineteen Quiller spy novels written by Elleston Trevor under the pseudonym Adam Hall Trevor was remarkably prolific, writing 58 other novels under other names including hisFlight of the Phoenix , a number of childrens books, stage plays and short stories Quiller is an executive super covert agent for the super secret Bureau, an organization so secret that you fear theyll have to kill you if you read the book But not to worry Quiller is the The Quiller Memorandum is the first of nineteen Quiller spy novels written by Elleston Trevor under the pseudonym Adam Hall Trevor was remarkably prolific, writing 58 other novels under other names including hisFlight of the Phoenix , a number of children s books, stage plays and short stories Quiller is an executive super covert agent for the super secret Bureau, an organization so secret that you fear they ll have to kill you if you read the book But not to worry Quiller is the anti Bond He hates guns, he doesn t drink, he is antisocial and women don t figure in his life He is an all around expert on martial arts, tradecraft, death, and flying military jets Trevor was an RAF pilot He also is one of the few executives with a 9 attached to his codename, meaning that he is highly reliable under torture In spite of all these talents, Quiller doesn t look forward to a new mission he hangs back and has to be manipulated into it but once in, he is totally committed He doesn t do his work for God and Country it just fits his solitary psychology and he loves the rush The novels contain little explicit dialogue the style is stream of consciousness observation in real time It is 1966 and Quiller who had been a Dachau prisoner and had testified in the 1945 Nuremberg trials has just returned from a grueling six month mission to be asked to replace a murdered executive on a case involving Nazi war crimes Ex Nazis are in high government positions in Germany, allowing them to escape punishment, to protect their colleagues, and to set a foundation for a new National Socialist Democracy On Naziism, the fat lady hasn t sung yet and Quiller is tasked to make her squeal.
The bad guys are organized into a program called Phoenix, an apt name indeed as they work to restore the good old Germany The key man is Heinrich Zossen, and Quiller s goal is to flush him out In the process there are several attempts on his life, he enjoys a woman named Inga who is a defector from Phoenix, and he undergoes interrogation by drugs under the guidance of a psychiatrist names Oktober Throughout he maintains a stiff, well upper lip Quiller shares a number of characteristics with George Smiley Both characters speak directly to the reader in nuanced tones as they attempt to sort out truth from lies, agents from double agents, and agendas from red herrings Both are brainy rather than simply fun from Quiller you learn a lot about the tradecraft or espionage from Smiley you learn the history of intrigues Le Carre certainly has the edge, but Hall Trevor is well worth the time Four stars A spy thriller for chess players A few missteps toward the end so that a few of the twists felt thin and not solidly set up, but overall very nicely plotted and written I liked that the main character was ornery and tired and smart and still made mistakes and tried to see all possible outcomes at once and foughtagainst jumping to conclusions and staying alert and clear headed than he did directly against the villains themselves I can see where some might find itexhausting than A spy thriller for chess players A few missteps toward the end so that a few of the twists felt thin and not solidly set up, but overall very nicely plotted and written I liked that the main character was ornery and tired and smart and still made mistakes and tried to see all possible outcomes at once and foughtagainst jumping to conclusions and staying alert and clear headed than he did directly against the villains themselves I can see where some might find itexhausting than anything else, though he does get tired

I read a few of these many years ago when they first came out I recently found and purchased all 19 of the series in hardback and read them serially The novels are esoteric thrillers, very cerebral and highly recommended.
Adam Hall is the careful, meticulous, and patient author of the interesting character spy, Quiller The series of unorthodox novels built around Quiller are extremely odd, as far as espionage fiction runs The Quiller Memorandum first in the sequence was published in 1966 and it was just not common at that time, for an author to make a point of flaunting his own genre s conventions But his Quiller a cynical and jaded free lance agent does just that As rogue ish as Len Deighton s Adam Hall is the careful, meticulous, and patient author of the interesting character spy, Quiller The series of unorthodox novels built around Quiller are extremely odd, as far as espionage fiction runs The Quiller Memorandum first in the sequence was published in 1966 and it was just not common at that time, for an author to make a point of flaunting his own genre s conventions But his Quiller a cynical and jaded free lance agent does just that As rogue ish as Len Deighton s Harry Palmer but not as sardonic , Quiller is a character type not seen repeated until something like Charles McCarry s modern Paul Christopher World traveling and multi lingual quick reflexes, but definitely a loner, a thinking man s spy.
What you really have to applaud Hall for is his setting out with a deliberately antithetical and unique notion of what a spy can be and do Quiller a shrewd, cerebral individual is one of the few spies in the violent post WWII era who refuses to carry a gun Instead, he trusts his acumen and his resourcefulness to give him advantage Though he s a solidly well built agent with a high pain threshold, able to withstand rigorous abusethan this, Quiller is simply so thoroughly seasoned by his past wartime experience that guns are rather superfluous to the real business of spying which as Hall suggests relies faron observation, perspicacity, and insight into the psychology of your opponents Quiller can often see the next move of his enemy before his enemy makes it.
The first Quiller novel a brooding, spooky affair is not a snore fest, though There are sharp bursts of action which, refreshingly, Hall brings out slowly, as the result of a stomach sickening and nerve wracking build up Its not Alistair MacLean s style of zesty, energetic dust ups every few pages all of which the hero recovers from in just a few moments Creativity and realism both reign here Hall accurately writes about physical brutality the way it really is clumsy, pointless, and wearying with throbbing painful after effects that linger and follow one around Its part of a general level of ugly harshness and roughness in Quiller s world which he does his best to avoid and an important key to his character Quiller is tired, disgusted, bruised, battered Barely hanging on.
What drives him Well, he s not LeCarre s George Smiley wanting to do his part for those who went before He sin the camp of a Jonathan Hemlock Trevanian who sees no particular merits on either side of the detente conference table We get the noir ish vibe that he has no other sense of what other life he might lead, apart from spying Its what he knows best the only thing he s suited for At the same time in the first novel we do see that Quiller harbors an especial hatred for Nazis he considers them targets of his particular interest and worthy of his pursuit wherever they may re appear.
And as far as that is concerned, The Quiller Memorandum is actually one of the finest stand alone tales of neo Nazism you can ask for I would say its even definitive for this sub genre The strength of Hall s peculiar vision lent itself to a damn fine 1967 film starring Alec Guinness, Max Von Sydow, Sente Berger, and George Segal titular role and a screenplay by Harold Pinter That is certainly top talent, and the flick though not a milestone is one of the most evocative films featuring a re built but uneasy, post war Berlin.
In general, Hall writes with both poise and grit in equal doses a touch of spy vs spy surreality, as well as a very noticeable atavism Initially, it seemed as if Hall s quirky formula might bring him a lotrenown He s written a string of later Quillers set in the Mid east and southeast Asia and they feature a variety of flairful enemy organizations and exotic titles like, The Kobra Manifesto In spite of this, he s always remained a dark horse doing his own thing Quiller is so subtle that it just won t lend itself to cinemathan once Hall had other success with The Flight of the Phoenix Still, the genre is very lucky to have Adam Hall and all of his works deserve probing if for nothing else other than his insistence on breaking convention No gun.
No codebook No suicide pills.
No family No friends No name.
No flashy cars No ejector seats.
No hidden compartments.
No gadgets.
No remorse Next to Quiller, James Bond is a cautions old lady.
originally published in the mid 1960s, the story is a product of it s time Berlin, The Wall, Cold War, still enough Nazis alive for war crimes trials to continue.
It s not written like a spy novel, though It slyrical than the usual hard edges and steely glares that are strewn through No gun.
No codebook No suicide pills.
No family No friends No name.
No flashy cars No ejector seats.
No hidden compartments.
No gadgets.
No remorse Next to Quiller, James Bond is a cautions old lady.
originally published in the mid 1960s, the story is a product of it s time Berlin, The Wall, Cold War, still enough Nazis alive for war crimes trials to continue.
It s not written like a spy novel, though It slyrical than the usual hard edges and steely glares that are strewn through adventure thrillers The afternoon is the halcyon, the calm coming between earnestness and drama You don t get words like that in most literary novels Yet here they are in a first person spy tale The spy craft is top notch, the action well written, and the plot twisty nothing is as it seems, even after you ve got it figured out