Albatross by Evelyn Anthony

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I see,' Walden said. ' 'Not if the other partner understands what you're doing,' Davina answered. ' 'Then you're very lucky,' he said. 'I have been married twice; my first wife wanted a husband with slippers by the fire and my present one wants to go to nightclubs every night. ' 'That sounds terribly sad,' Davina said. 'And just a little bit corny, if you don't mind my saying so. ' 'Two boys, both very nice, upright kids. One is at school still and the elder is at Keele University. Both working hard, no drugs, no problems.

He used nudity and crude status symbols to sell products which had nothing to do with either. He had a genius for persuading people that they wanted what they saw on television or on the giant hoardings in the cities. His knowledge of selling had been gained by knocking on doors and selling cheap make-up to housewives. His financial acumen came from a degree in mathematics taken in his spare time at the London Polytechnic. His accent was classless, carefully cultivated to betray nothing of his original background.

It could be any one of us. Eleven years ago . . ' 'Yes, I do. He's still full of his old tricks, but they've lost some of the novelty. I can see through him, Humphrey. He does know there's a traitor, and he has a lot more clues to give us. ' 'An exchange, I suppose. That's the most complicated nuisance of all. ' 'He doesn't know that,' Davina answered. 'But if we can't exchange him, what can we offer him? ' 'He was held at Brixton for a while, but he was certainly at the Scrubs by the time you and Sasanov went to Australia.

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