Despite this being one of the works that Graham Greene himself was reported to be the least happy with, written solely to make ends meet over a frantic 6 weeks in 1939, The Confidential Agent was in fact well received by critics on its release. The story follows an agent known as “D”, who arrives in England from a European country in the grip of civil war in order to negotiate a deal to purchase coal for the loyalist faction. Whilst the country in question is deliberately kept anonymous, it is thought that the Spanish Civil War was the real life inspiration behind the conflict.
The negotiations themselves appear to go smoothly, but in the murky world of 1930s England D quickly finds himself entangled in a web of murder and espionage, all whilst trying to outwit his pro-government opposite number, as well as finding time for some romance along the way.
For fans of Graham Greene, or for those who are relatively new to his work, this version of The Confidential Agent read by Tim Piggott-Smith is available as a CD audiobook or downloadable MP3 and represents the perfect addition to your audiobook collection.