L. F. Gearon
It is twenty years since Thomas Coverack has worked for British Intelligence - but you never really stop working for them, do you? He is enjoying a quiet summer term as Professor of Literature and War at Merton College, Oxford, when he is once again approached. His instructions are to investigate Henrik Strøm, the ageing founder and president of the Hammerfest Foundation in Norway; a man with an obsessive desire for 'purity' and a hatred of humankind.
Strøm had arranged the delivery of a book and personal letter to all heads of state, all UN agencies and to every chief executive of major corporations around the world. The gift commemorated the work of a controversial literary figure, Knut Hamsun - distinguished as a Nobel Laureate but disgraced by his alleged collaboration with the Nazis.
Coverack is an obvious choice, given his own academic interest in Knut Hamsun, but the terms of his assignment are less clear. He is joined by Dr. Emma Louise, a distinguished scholar in her own right, an expert in biological warfare, and a former lover.
Together, they are plunged into a deadly series of events that takes them to the heart, and the horrors, of the Hammerfest Foundation in Arctic Norway.