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"The Ministry of Fear" by Graham Greene

The Ministry Of Fear - Graham Greene
A perfect book: accessible, clever, beautifully written, evocative, tense, and quietly profound.  A palpable sense of dread and unease runs throughout the story set in the early years of World War 2 in England, primarily London.
 
On one level the book is a simple story of espionage, fifth columnists, and a hapless man who gets caught up in things he does not understand however there is far more to it than that.  The story, which starts at a sinister fete, and rattles along from the word go, also muses on innocence, patriotism, self-delusion, psychology, memory, complexity, love, deceit and heroism.