The Nation: E. Howard Hunt, Master Storyteller

The agent who had planted the mike in the target office had tested the key, so the first barrier would yield. But the lock on the office door was a later model —pin and tumbler—and they would have to make its key on the spot ... "All right," Peter said curtly, "I don't want heroes, just the contents of the safe."

At first glance, this description of the espionage burglary of a government office building, contained in a yellowing 1965 paperback called On Hazardous Duty, might seem to be a rather ordinary experience...

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