The Eagle in the Mirror
Part biography, part forensic jigsaw puzzle, part cold-case detective investigation, The Eagle in the Mirror is the astonishing untold story of British soldier, colonel and intelligence officer CHARLES HOWARD ‘DICK’ ELLIS.
‘Dick Ellis’s adventures not only rival those of James Bond; he was James Bond.’
PHILLIP KNIGHTLEY, author of PHILBY: KGB MASTERSPY
The longest serving spy for the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), CHARLES HOWARD ‘DICK’ ELLIS helped set up the Australian Secret Intelligence Service as well as the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency. At one point in the 1940s he was considered one of the top three secret agents in MI6 and controlled its activities ‘for half the world’.
But in the 1980s espionage writer CHAPMAN PINCHER and retired Security Service (MI5) intelligence officer PETER WRIGHT posthumously accused Ellis of having operated as a ‘triple agent’ for Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
In 1965, while under interrogation, Ellis had allegedly confessed to supplying information to the Nazis before World War II. His purported betrayal was considered even worse than notorious British traitor KIM PHILBY, who defected to the Soviet Union in 1963.
Was Ellis guilty or was an innocent man framed? Did he take the fall for someone else? Or had the intelligence agencies of the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia been fatally compromised by a ‘super-mole’?
Internationally bestselling author JESSE FINK attempts to find out the truth once and for all.
Published: 22 August 2023
Format: 234x153mm, hardback
Extent: 352 pages
Jesse Fink was born in London in 1973. He is the author of six books including The Eagle in the Mirror, Pure Narco, Bon: The Last Highway and The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC. Visit his official website at jessefinkbooks.com