A Taste for Treason
The Letter That Smashed a Nazi Spy Ring
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About the Book
A gripping true story of wartime espionage.
Dundee, 1937. When housewife Mary Curran became suspicious of hairdresser Jessie Jordan's frequent trips to Nazi Germany, she had no idea that she was about to be drawn into an international web of espionage. Thanks to a tip off from Mary, MI5 and the FBI launched major spy hunts on both sides of the Atlantic.
This is the true story of a decade-long series of Nazi espionage plots in Britain, Europe and the United States. It shows how a Nazi spy's letter, posted in New York and intercepted in Scotland, broke spy rings across Europe and North America. And it reveals, for the first time, how that letter marked the genesis of an intelligence and security alliance that today includes the United States, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
'Fascinating, gripping and expertly researched... an extraordinary true tale of espionage told with all the drama and panache of a spy thriller' – Michael Smith, bestselling author of The Secrets of Station X
Dr Andrew Jeffrey has written extensively on military and maritime history. He authored a trilogy of books on Scotland’s role in the Second World War: This Dangerous Menace, This Present Emergency and This Time of Crisis. Media work includes research and on-air contributions for The Thistle, The Crown and The Swastika (BBC 1995), Salvage Squad (Channel 4 2001), Timeframe (SMG 2004), a BBC educational project on the Second World War (BBC 2010), the Dutch documentary The O-13 Mystery – Still on Patrol (Wing TV 2013) and the French documentary Submarines against the Nazis (ZED for RMC Découverte 2019).
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