An old-fashioned spy novel by the inimitable William F. Buckley, Jr. Blackford Oakes, CIA operative, is sent to a divided Germany in the early 1950s ostensibly to repair a chapel damaged by allied bombing in the war. The chapel belongs to Count Axel Wintergrin, captain of the reunification party in Germany which is causing upset on both sides of the Iron Curtain. During the course of his mission, Blackie meets a gorgeous KGB operative. And in this battle, loser kills.
I found the book slow-going, though interesting for the most part. Had never read Bill Buckley's fiction before; I prefer his non-fiction.