Agent Zigzag By Ben Macintyre.
Abridged by Doreen Estall.
Radio Four Book Of The Week
First broadcast from 20070129 to 20070202.
Damian Lewis reads the dramatic and previously untold story of the charismatic Agent Zigzag, Britain's most extraordinary double agent.
At the start of the war, British criminal Eddie Chapman is recruited by the German Secret Service. He soon becomes a highly prized, and decorated, Nazi agent. What the Germans don't know is that he is also working for MI5.
Former British con, Eddie Chapman, has been recruited as a spy by the Abwehr, the German intelligence organisation, who have given him the codename Fritz. Agent Fritz is about to be parachuted into England for his first mission: to sabotage the De Havilland aircraft factory in Hertfordshire.
'Fritz' is now in England preparing for his first mission, codenamed 'Walter', to sabotage the De Havilland aircraft factory in Hertfordshire. What the Germans don't know is that Fritz is also working as double agent 'Zigag' for MI5.
In March 1943, MI5 sent Chapman back to his German controllers in order to gather information on the workings of the Abwehr.
For the last year, Fritz has been in Oslo in the company of his girlfriend, Dagmar Lahlum, and his German spymaster, Dr Graumann.
But now Agent Zigzag is on his way back to Britain.