The Secret Agent
London, 1886 and Mr Adolf Verloc runs a sex shop in the heart of Soho. Unbeknown to his loyal wife Winnie, Verloc also works for the Russian embassy, spying on a group of London anarchists. The Russian government are furious with the English establishment's indifference to the anarchist threat gripping the rest of Europe. So Verloc is assigned a mission: Blow up the Greenwich Observatory and make it look like a terrorist attack to provoke a crackdown. Should he fail, Verloc's real identity as a spy will be exposed to his vicious comrades. Verloc is forced to turn to the volatile anarchist, The Professor, to supply explosives for his mission - an act which attracts the attention of Chief Inspector Heat of Scotland Yard. Caught between the spy masters and the police, Verloc grooms Winnie's young and vulnerable brother Stevie as his unsuspecting accomplice. When the truth and consequences emerge, Verloc must face Winnie's wrath.
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was born in Berdychiv, Ukraine and had an unconventional childhood. His father was a writer and political activist who harshly criticized the Russian government. The family constantly traveled and by age 11, Conrad had lost both parents to tuberculosis. He spent his formative years with an uncle before embarking on a career as a merchant marine. During his downtown, Conrad would write stories inspired by his many experiences. His first novel, Almayer's Folly , was published in 1895 followed by his most acclaimed works, Lord Jim (1900) and Heart of Darkness (1902).
Pub Date: 2018
Size: 5.00 x 8.00 inches