The memo landed on Kim Philby's desk in Washington, DC, in July 1950. Three months later, Bruno Pontecorvo, a physicist at Harwell, Britain's atomic energy lab, disappeared without a trace. When he re-surfaced six years later, he was on the other side of the Iron Curtain.
“There is much about this tale that has the flavour of a Le Carre novel, with the additional advantage that it is all true.” (Wall Street Journal)
“Frank Close brings a fresh perspective to the story… impressively researched” (Guardian)
“Could have formed the basis of a Dick Francis-type action thriller, or a John le Carre spy story with added science… gives fascinating insight into the science behind the Iron Curtain… Close gives clear insight into the physics, without going into the kind of depth which might frighten non-scientists” (Literary Review)
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