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I saw Harrington,' she said. Grant didn't waste time inquiring after his health. ' 'Dead right,' she said. 'He didn't bat an eyelid when I talked about a mole high up in the Service. ' 'That brings us to eleven years ago, if my memory's right,' Grant interposed. 'We were all there then. ' Davina gave him a little irritating smile. 'It's not me,' she said. He didn't take it as a joke. He turned sharply in his seat and said, 'It could be. It could be me. It could be any one of us. Eleven years ago .

He sucked on the cigarette; he had regained his composure. The habit and training of his whole life reasserted itself and his mind started running ahead of Davina's voice, Himself and her and Sasanov. The Russian Intelligence disaster of the decade. So nearly reversed and neutralized. Except for Davina Graham - that was the obvious reason. And yet there was a shading, a grey area that tantalized his instincts. 'I'd like to look at this report,' he said. He could see by her expression that the suggestion was dismissed.

I know what heavy pressure means. I worked in the bloody place for twenty years. ' 'Not necessarily,' Davina said quietly. ' The reply came through in a mumble. 'But you won't win against the Mandarins. ' She hadn't heard the nickname for the power figures in the Establishment for a long time. It dated Harrington to the early postwar days. ' He raised his head and narrowed his eyes to focus on her face. He was growing short-sighted and outlines weren't clear any more. Clever bitch, he thought, giving me a heart attack first.

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