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ISBN: 9781780277882
Published: 06 Oct 2022
Format: Paperback
Extent: 288
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Birlinn
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About the Book

When Dundee housewife Mary Curran became suspicious of flamboyant hairdresser Jessie Jordan’s frequent trips to Nazi Germany in 1937, she could not have known that she would become one of the world’s most successful amateur spycatchers. Thanks to Mary’s tip-off, MI5 and the FBI began major spy hunts on both sides of the Atlantic and security services in other countries rounded up yet more nests of Nazi spies. And so, again thanks to Mary, the Anglo-American special intelligence relationship was born.

Featuring parallel Nazi espionage plots in Europe and North America that converged on a Scottish post office and set against a dramatic background of mounting international tension, this is a story shot through with all the staples of spy thrillers – seedy traitors, alluring femmes fatales, sinister Nazi thugs and glamorous movie stars. And all of it is true.

The Author

Andrew Jeffrey

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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