The Time In Between

time in between cover imageThe Time In Between

Maris Duenas
General Fiction
Atria Books
Paperback, 640 pages
$16.00

If the cold and calculating non-fiction rendering of the great spy game is not to your liking (as in Double Cross), you might try the lighter fare of this thoroughly enjoyable spy novel by the Spanish academic Maria Duenas. It has all the elements - romance, affairs, fashion, intrigue, war, espionage and betrayal. There are races to the border, meetings in elegant hotels, and lessons on the verities of the Spanish Civil War and the Nazi presence on the Iberian Peninsula. Some characters go from rags-to-riches while others go from riches-to-rags. Set in Madrid, the Spanish Protectorate of Morocco and Lisbon, the book is epic-lite (perhaps on the order of Gone with the Wind) and neatly stitched together with the thread of the dressmaker's trade. Over 600 pages of indolent pleasure!