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Published by Matador, 28 January 2019. ISBN:
is a slightly unusual, independent journalist. He lives in a flat in Bury St
Edmunds and owns one ninth of an old Gypsy Moth plane that he flies by the seat
of his pants and a Triumph Bonneville motorbike that is the love of his life.
home one evening Harry finds that his flat has been maliciously turned over
although nothing has been taken. Shortly afterwards the explanation for
this strange turn of events appears on his doorstep in the form of Erica, a
volatile and unpredictable old German girlfriend. Harry, now thirty-two, first
met Erica, now forty-seven, in Leipzig when he was a student there. They have
had an on/off – more off than on – relationship ever since, during which time
Erica has had son, Stefan, by another man, Karl Fisher. Harry is still
obsessed with Erica and will do anything for her, but she is still in love with
Karl, even though she also hates him.
informs Harry that she has a file implicating several British subjects as past
members of the Stasi and current members of its modern arm known as the
Kameraden. These individuals include the Home Secretary, a university
lecturer, an accountant, and Marianne Corbishly, a rarely seen and elusive
creature who runs the movement in England. Erica tells Harry that agents of the
Kameraden have damaged his flat because of his past association with her.
He has, she says, to take her somewhere safe. Harry immediately bends to her
will and installs Erica, Stefan and himself in a grand house that belongs to a
friend of his on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds.
a great spy story in the making and sets about obtaining evidence that the
British people who spied for the Stasi are still active in Britain today.
The very idea that supposed pillars of the establishment are still working
against his country fills Harry with horror. He confronts all the spies, other
than the government minister, with their wrongdoing. Although he learns little,
he is puzzled by the hold that the Germans still have over their ex-Stasi,
British stooges. Harry is not the only person interested in the Kameraden, and
his exploits lead to him becoming involved with MI6 who ship him off to
Germany. Theoretically this is to keep him safe, but actually they want
more evidence against the spies. Harry is quite happy about the danger he
is running because, not only does he believe that he is onto the scoop of a
lifetime, he also hopes to uncover aspects of his father’s personal history
that have puzzled him for most of his life.
whilst Harry is away, the countdown to Brexit continues and Erica receives a
visitor. Karl Fisher no less, the man she loves and the man who trained and
brainwashed her. There is something he wants her to do. In return
he promises a new and affluent life - and marriage. We learn that the
current aim of the Kameraden is to stop Brexit because they see an independent
Britain as a threat to their ability to control Europe. If Erica agrees to
help, they will go to extreme lengths to stop the British government signing
the exit agreement. What
will Erica decide to do? Will she do as Karl wants and throw a giant spanner in
the Brexit plans, or will she stay loyal to Harry and England?
Exit Day is an entertaining, well-written, well- informed
story that moves along a good pace. Those
who enjoy the underhand machinations of politicians and security agencies
coupled with the adventurous antics of a well-meaning, likeable young hero will enjoy this
David Laws has
been a national newspaper journalist for many years in London and Manchester.
He previously worked as a reporter for local newspapers and as a writer and
editor for magazines dealing with film, medicine, travel and finance. Now he’s
writing novels about his favourite historical period - before, during and after
the two world wars.
Crowtheris a retired
scientist. She has published many scientific papers but, as yet, no crime
fiction. In her spare time Angela belongs to a Handbell Ringing group,
goes country dancing and enjoys listening to music, particularly the operas of Verdi