Yesterday's Enemy - William HaggardLondon: Cassell, 1976, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans slightly. Pages lightly age-tanned.
From the cover: “At the start, Charles Russell was politely sceptical. The Colonel-General was yesterday’s respected enemy, today’s valued friend, but what he was saying now was jumping at shadows. A secret and unauthorized nuclear weapon… suppose it were possible, suppose West Germany did have the resources, a responsible nation would never take the appalling risk.
No. But a responsible nation might be framed. By a man called Belami Clark, for instance. To Belami Clark yesterday’s enemy was the enemy still the Power that had murdered his family in the fires of Hiroshima. He had the motive for revenge and perhaps the plan to stampede the Kremlin’s hawks into a pre-emptive attack on the West.
Charles Russell conceded that might be possible, but Belami Clark was in South America, acting as aide to a dictator called Molina: well paid, no doubt, but with nowhere near the money such a plan would need, let alone the materials, the technical knowledge, to give the spectre dangerous flesh. An alarming fantasy, then, but no more.
In the following days several things happened, and the fantasy grew more alarming, less fantastic. Molina’s government fell, and he fled the country with his private fortune; with him went Belami Clark. A nuclear physicist vanished abruptly from Charles Russell’s club and evidently from the country. In Neuwald, a dreary Swiss resort with no attractions beyond a vast chemical works and a view of plutonium rich Germany across the lake, a Russian agent reported various new arrivals; in Moscow the hawks gathered. In London, reluctantly, Charles Russell packed a suitcase.”