The Cypriot Agent
As the Agency plots the slow progress of the freighter across the Atlantic and into the Eastern Mediterranean the ouzo flows and the cigarette smoke swirls in the Constantia Taverna in
Famagusta. There the Agency's hired Cypriot assassin Georgios Spyrou and his former sidekick, Manos Pavlou, who wants in on the action, debate the risks of the assignment and how best to carry it out.
On the ground for the CIA is Orville Middleton, an officer under non official cover who recruits Spyrou, a former British MI6 hit man.
However an hour away, in the capital city of Nicosia, and behind the closed doors of the Soviet Embassy, countermeasures are being put into play by the KGB Rezident. Suspecting the Americans intend to somehow double-cross them Kovalev is secreted off the freighter in Istanbul and flown home.