Books: Cat and Mouse


by Piers Paul Read

Harper & Row; 193 pages; $13.95

Suppose that, in 1965, someone at the British embassy in Jakarta passed a classified document to Indonesian Communists, with ghastly results: at a secret outpost in neighboring Malaysia, a British officer and his men were ambushed, tortured and slaughtered by marauding guerrillas. Imagine further that a top-level investigation winnowed the field of possible traitors down to two men. One, William Ludley, had resigned shortly after the atrocity, when he inherited his family fortune, and never returned to England. In the absence...

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