Bob Cannon
June 22, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Double Agents

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
William E. Butterworth IV, W.E.B. Griffin
publisher
Putnam
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

Dick Canidy and his OSS crew have to trick Hitler into believing that the D-day invasion is taking place somewhere other than Normandy. Trouble is, plenty of spies are playing both sides, and Canidy enlists some untrustworthy types like Lucky Luciano to help keep it all hush-hush. The Double Agents, the latest installment of W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV’s ”Men at War” series is rich with witty banter and nail-biting undercover work, although it often veers off into military minutiae that’s strictly for WWII buffs. The authors score points for having Brit servicemen Peter Ustinov, Ian Fleming, and David Niven plant phony letters on a corpse.

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