Simon Webb leaves his high-flying City job and moves from London to Berlin to manage the wealth of a group of rich Russians. There he becomes entangled with a Cold War spy story that’s still having repercussions some thirty years on, with a group of right-wing computer hackers, and with the most beautiful woman he has ever met. Before long he is fleeing for his life.

Meet AJ Blake

After university, AJ Blake taught English in Paris for two years, travelled in South America for another year and then returned to London without any intention of settling down. Despite best intentions, there he stayed. Then he married, had children, divorced, married again and had more children. There, for more than thirty years, I worked as an investment banker, a management consultant and as a “civil servant”. It wasn’t nearly as boring as it might sound. Some of the work was actually totally absorbing. Some of it is still subject to the Official Secrets Act.

He retired from the City in 2010. He sold up in London (and Devon) and moved to Switzerland to live in an old wooden house with a glorious view over lake and mountain and to embrace postponed passions, among them hill walking, skiing and writing.