Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Keep Walking, by Geoffrey Household
Sorry this is late; I have been on vacation. That might also explain why I did not read any new stories this week I liked enough to review. As I have done before when this happened I am going to review a classic story, one of my favorites.
I first read this story in the 1970s, published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, with a stupid title I won't repeat here. (Editor Frederic Dannay was famous for deciding he knew more about titles than the authors of the stories he published.)
This is a spy story and a great suspense tale. The nameless protagonist is a spy in a hostile country, also unnamed. It is implied that she is working for a Western democracy. And she is in big trouble.
She has just posted an incriminating report when she realizes the police are watching her. At any moment they will scoop her up. torture her, interrogate her, and kill her.
But there is one fragile reed she can cling to. If the bad guys don't think she has seen them, they will keep following her, hoping she will lead to useful information.
If she runs, they'll grab her. If she tries to get on a bus, they will collect her. All she can do is keep walking, and hope desperately to find a way out...