Andrew Magrane is lost in a web of deception in this clever spy(?) thriller. He escapes from an institution he thinks is located in Siberia. We learn later it’s a mental institution. Reading his obituary in the newspaper Magrane is determined to implement Operation Damocles which involves killing certain people in Britain and on the Continent. Soon he is being sought by the police and his handler Major Donaldson whom he contacts and misinterprets thinking what Donaldson is telling him is code for operational commands. Lots of people want to keep him from being caught and put on trial for the murders because of what he knows. Much of the story is told from Magrane’s perspective and the reader is never quite sure what is real and what is Magrane’s hallucinations. Very entertaining.