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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  383 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
This story begins when an American in Paris meets a former professor, who has just seen a dead Nazi walking the streets. The American becomes part of a team of intelligence agents from all countries, who converge on Mykonos to penetrate a Nazi-Fascist-Communist muliple identity.
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Published September 1988 by Amereon Limited (first published December 1st 1966)
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Kathryn
Dec 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
I have a soft spot for her books even though the soviet spies seem almost quaint now. This is kind of like Mad Men the spy novel.
Jc
Sep 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Helen MacInnes was one of the great spy/intrigue writers of the WWII/Cold War era, and one of the very few females in the genre. Certainly, she was one of the few women writing spy novels in the early 1940s when she started. And, she was a master. The Double Image was one of her later novels, written in 1966. As with most of her novels, Double Image is more Le Carre than Fleming – her novels were trying to portray the darker, grimmer side of the spy world rather than the gun-slinging, martini-qu ...more
Beth
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it
This was another enjoyable espionage novel by Helen MacInnes. I find myself wanting to read her books in the summer. This one was written in the 1960s. John Craig is an American historian visiting Europe to do research for a book. While in Paris he runs into an old college professor who sees a former Nazi, then turns up dead. Craig ends up being drawn into the hunt for the former Nazi who is really a Russian agent. He works with American intelligence agents in Paris and later Mykonos, Greece. Th ...more
Carolyn
Jun 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys political intrigue and suspense
Probably my favorite of all Helen MacInnes's books. Most of us don't know what goes on the name of National Security, and the risk that our undercover CIA,(etc) agents take. This story takes place in the beautiful Greek Islands. I've read this book several times, and enjoy it each time.
Carolyn Hill
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised to come across in a local bookstore this reprint of a Helen MacInnes espionage thriller from 1966 that I'd never read. It turns out that Titan Books is re-publishing many of this "queen of spy writers'" works. MacInnes, a Scot who later with her husband became an American citizen, first wrote of the Nazis and WWII and its political aftermath and then the Cold War. Fluent in French and German, she became aware of Nazi violence and the growing menace of Hitler during her and her hu ...more
Scott Goossen
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
An easy, interesting read. Almost four stars
Jennifer Morefield
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a post WWII spy novel. It was a bit slow paced and a bit complicated. It was hard to tie all the characters in and tie the story together. Not bad, but not great.
Simon Mcleish
Apr 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Originally published on my blog here in January 1999.

The Double Image is a competent spy thriller, not the chauvinist action of Ian Fleming nor the convoluted plotting of John le Carré but more straightforward and down-to-earth than either.

John Carey, an economist, in Paris while travelling to Greece to research the history of trade routes, meets his old teacher Professor Sussman by chance. Sussman has just returned from Frankfurt where he has been testifying at the trial of some former guards f
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Kay
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
With the stock figure of the naïve American in Paris who suddenly finds himself running in an international post World-War II spy-counterspy race to capture a very nasty Nazi who got away, this old-fashioned story of foreign intrigue is classically character-based serious Marx Brothers drama. Beautiful women play important parts and Mykonos, with Mykoniots, provide a brilliantly rich Greek islands stage for the drama. Next time I may just write down all the names and really try to keep everyone ...more
Grace
May 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-fun, spy, fiction
Wow. This was a completely hilarious spy novel of the anti-communist era. Granted, the gadgets, tricks, running around in a foreign country... I can see why they were such a hit back in those days. And now I can finally say I read an original "Russian spy novel".

This particular story involves a guy by the name of Berg, who was in Nazi Germany. He worked in a concentration camp releasing all communists. After the war, he was declared dead, but he really went to Russia, where he became an agent.
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Calzean
An holocaust survivor sees a Nazi goaler who is supposedly dead. The survivor is then found dead. And so the story of who is doing what to who starts and goes on and on.

Hasn't aged well. Does not have the complexities of Le Carre or the darkness of a really sinister villain. While it has exciting technical spy gadgets which might have been interesting at the time, the story relies on a lot of dialogue as the various parties attempt to outwit each other. As with a lot of espionage stories the rol
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Greer Andjanetta
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A typical HM murder mystery set in Europe, this time involving a former German extermination camp guard who was presumed dead at the end of the war but is recognized in Paris by one of his former inmates. Now a Russian agent, the German kills the former prisoner, now a professor and a former student of the professor, along with the inevitable beautiful young woman, set out to solve the murder and become embroiled with spies and espionage. Quite readable.
Rebecca
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved Helen MacInness when I was in high school. The book held up well on re-reading it so many years later. Good plot, likeable characters, great locations, and good writing. I'm setting myself a goal - to read all of her books in the order they were written. With luck I'll be able to find them all.
Fredrick Danysh
Nov 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Set in the post-Kennedy Cold War era, this spy novels places historian in Europe doing research for a book on trade routes where he accidentally runs into an old college professor. When the professor dies Craig is caught up in the spy game as he held track down a Nazi who was presumed dead for the past decade. He also meets the girl of his dreams and must protect her.
John Senner
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good old cold-war-era spy story. John Craig is an academic doing research on a book and he meets his old professor in Paris, who is being followed by a Nazi war criminal/soviet spy. And the trouble begins.
Liz V.
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A chance encounter with a former professor and the story of a supposedly dead Nazi walking the streets of Paris leads John Craig into the world of espionage/counterespionage and from Paris to Athens and Mykonos.
Barbara Klein
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The first book of hers that I read and still one of my favorites.
Cynthia Franklin pelfrey
Could not finish it. I don't know why, but it just didn't call to me.
Heather
Nov 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is my absolute favorite of her books! (At least of the ones I've read so far!
Elaine
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy this author's books. Well done, and good to read.
Akwhepworth
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I had trouble keeping all the characters straight --- and following the plot for that matter. Loved the setting, but I just didn't pay enough attention to the details in this one.
Douglas Wilson
May 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Good.
Tanya
Another hit

The author has another hit mystery. I love her books and find satisfaction in every one that I read. Well drawn characters and good historical information.
Amy
Apr 07, 2015 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
I just can't with communists.
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Helen MacInnes was a Scottish-American author of espionage novels. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 1928 with a degree in French and German. A librarian, she married Professor Gilbert Highet in 1932 and moved with her husband to New York in 1937 so he could teach classics at Columbia University. She wrote her first novel, Above Suspicion, in 1939. She wrote many bestsell ...more
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