I read this book about 19-Nov-2004. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1976. This note was last modified Thursday, 22-May-2014 15:32:59 PDT.
This is book 7 of the "David Audley" series.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
I've also got a general page on Anthony Price.
IMHO the second of the spectacularly wonderful books, after Other Paths to Glory (#3). And the first to show Paul Mitchell after his training, when he's not scared out of his wits all the time. Also has Frances Fitzgibbon again, functioning at Paul's level in the organization.
Set in the subculture of the civil war reenactors, and involving a historical mystery from that era along with the current problem -- which is preventing the Russians from giving a ton of gold to a left-wing newspaper publisher. Audley apparently goes pretty damned far to fulfill his assignment in the end, too.
The gold is explained and traced so many ways at different times that my head spins. It's great good fun, especially the one Audley uses at the end to get Ratcliff to spring the trap and kill himself.