Paul Locksley's latest assignment was supposed to re-establish his career as a dependable spy. Not an excellent or indispensable one, but dependable. If only things had turned out that way. Locksley is the first in a series of classical spy thrillers updated for the modern era. Sent as a teacher in a girls' boarding school in a small but affluent town in the Home Counties, Paul Locksley immediately comes unstuck. The French teacher Maria Leclerc turns his head, and the two subjects of his investigation give him immediate problems. They are the gardener and the daughter of a notorious Iranian businessman, both believed by the security services to be involved in international terrorism. Can Locksley defeat his own demons and revive his career? Readers of Frederick Forsyth and John Le Carré should enjoy Locksley.