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Eddie Chapman used to be a captivating legal, a con guy, and a philanderer. He used to be additionally probably the most amazing double brokers Britain has ever produced. contained in the traitor used to be a guy of loyalty; contained in the villain was once a hero. the matter for Chapman, his spymasters, and his enthusiasts used to be to understand the place one character ended and the opposite all started. in accordance with lately declassified records, Agent Zigzag tells Chapman’s complete tale for the 1st time. It’s a gripping story of loyalty, love, treachery, espionage, and the skinny and transferring line among constancy and betrayal.
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Waterfowl splashed in an ornamental pond, while a litter of Alsatian puppies played on the lawn. Chapman was escorted to breakfast by Oberleutnant Thomas. In the dining room, Graumann sat at the head of the table, reading a copy of the Times and eating a boiled egg. He nodded to Chapman but did not speak. ) Around the table, half a dozen men were tucking into a feast of toast, eggs, butter, honey, and fresh coffee, all served on the former owner’s best china. Chapman recognized Leo, the chauffeur with the flattened nose, who grinned back through broken teeth.
Graumann’s reply was blunt. Faramus was “no use” to the German secret service. ” Though his language was opaque, Graumann’s meaning was obvious: Faramus would remain behind, as a hostage for Chapman’s good behavior. As they shook hands, Chapman noticed the fat gold ring with five black dots on Graumann’s little finger, and remarked to himself on the softness of his hands. These were hands that had never known manual labor. The voice, the hands, the signet ring: clearly, the man must be some sort of aristocrat.
It was rumored that his betrayals had sent twenty-two prisoners to their deaths. Most inmates shunned him, and some attacked him when the guards were not looking. Eventually, Bossuet 32 BEN MACINTYRE was removed from the prison. This was seen as proof of Bossuet’s guilt, but it was part of the regime of neurosis at Romainville that prisoners arrived and were removed without warning or explanation. A middle-aged man called Dreyfus, a Jewish descendant of the other famous victim of anti-Semitism, was briefly held, and then inexplicably released.
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