By Barry Unsworth
Published by Michael Joseph
It is the summer of 1908, on a Greek island off the coast of Asia Minor, a small particle of the vast decaying Ottoman Empire. On the island, a Levantine informer, Pascali, in the pay of the Ottoman authorities, has for twenty years been sending in his reports to Constantinople - reports never acknowledged, never acted upon. Now the Greeks on the island have discovered what he is; his days are numbered.