Title: Agent Jack, The True Story of MI5’s Secret Nazi Hunter
Author: Robert Hutton
Publisher: Orion Publishing (www.orionbooks.co.uk)
Pps: 313 including notes and index
Fans of Ben Macintyre will love this book, is the quote featured on the front cover of Agent Jack, and as soon as you start reading it, if you are a fan of Ben Macintyre, you see exactly what he means. It is well written and tells you things, interesting things, that you just didn’t know.
I have read a lot of books on the subject of WWII and spies and PoWs and escapes in my lifetime and I had never even heard of Agent Jack until I spotted this title being reviewed in the recent weekend papers. I just had to read it for myself.
It has not disappointed, delivering a mix of James Bond and Dad’s Army, with a touch of John Betjeman thrown in through the evocation of Metro-Land. Horror writer Dennis Wheatley puts in an appearance, too, producing a paper on possible German invasion tactics which was largely dismissed by prime minister Winston Churchill’s chief military adviser as too far-fetched even for Hitler. Hands up among the readership who even knew of that.