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' "Has Le Carre been in Intelligence?", we were often asked when The Spy Who Came In... started blooming. Te reply is, only to the most trifling extent. If we are asked the same about Ayer when The Man in the Mirror starts blooming the reply will be Yes. In Yankee G-Man (not published in this country) he describes his experiences in the F.B.I.; in a counter-intelligence unit in Europe during and shortly after the war; and finally as Chief Security Officer for General Van Fleet in Greece. His last book, a very personal account of his uncle, General Patton, was published in the States last spring by Messrs. Houghton Mifflin and was a best-seller: it will be published here by Cassell.

Now comes this spy novel.

No more blurbery. Turn to page 9, and read on.'

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Frederick Ayer

Frederick Ayer Jr. was an American government official, attorney, and author who worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Mission in Greece, and the United States Air Force.

After leaving government service in 1960, Ayer practiced law in Washington D.C. with the firm of Ford, Ayer, Horan, and Lester. He also dedicated much of his time to writing. His books included Before the Colour Fades: Portrait of a Soldier about his uncle George S. Patton, The Man in the Mirror: A Novel of Espionage, Yankee G-Men, and Walter, the Improbable Hound.

He also write articles for Massachusetts newspapers, including The Boston Globe on a number of subjects, chiefly European affairs. Ayer died of a heart attack on January 4, 1974 while on holiday in Tucker's Town, Bermuda.

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