On August 26th 1914, a German light cruiser, the Magdeburg, went aground on a small island off the North-West coast of Russian Estonia. From the cruiser a boat was lowered, soon to be blown out of the water by the Russian guns. A body, hideously maimed, drifted inshore; on the body was later found a copy of the signal book, complete with codes and cypher key, of the Imperial German Navy.
This is the scene which opens Catherine Gavin's much acclaimed novel of the Great War She tells the story of David Flett, a true 20th century hero with the tradition of the North Sea in his blood, who wades through intrigue and passion to destroy Karl Ritter, the German naval officer he comes to regard as his personal enemy. The women these men love are vividly depicted as the drama moves inexorably forward to the Battle of Jutland, here vividly reconstructed by the author.
Author: Catherine Gavin
Title: The Devil in Harbour
First Published by: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Date: January 1968