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Neither was she listed among interior Ministry executives supplied by Moscow station. Maybe, Charlie thought, Natalia had left instead of being transferred. Or perhaps been moved to another ministry like so many former British intelligence officers had switched to other, peripherally connected departments. From his Moscow enquiries Charlie learned the department’s existing intelligence chief was Thomas Bowyer, whom he had not previously known but who sent a personal welcome. The interchange provided Charlie with a further advantage, although at that stage he wasn’t sure how to utilize it: within an hour of the cable exchange between himself and Bowyer, Charlie was lectured by the deputy Director how Bowyer’s seniority had at all times to be respected, convincing Charlie of a back-channel link between London and Moscow upon which his performance and activities would be constantly monitored.
He’d made the protest to maintain his credibility, which was all that mattered. There were other, more essential parameters to be established: one more important than all others. ’ demanded Williams, sensing a danger. Because it would severely limit the enormous expenses benefits, thought Charlie. ’ He briefly hesitated, wondering if Natalia had transferred to the Interior Ministry, just as quickly thrusting the intrusion aside. ’ He turned his attention to Simpson, warming to his argument. ’ And then to Pacey.
His being there early was simply the politeness of a host. The two men arrived together, which surprised him, and precisely on time, which didn’t. The handshakes were perfunctory, without names: the namelessness had been their insistence from the beginning, after the initial confirmation of their identities, and Silin thought it theatrical but was quite prepared to go along with the pointless affectation. Both declined Silin’s hospitality, making it another pointless gesture. The seats made protesting noises when they sat and Silin’s skin itched at once at the thought of who had sat on the lounge chair before him: he didn’t lean back, wanting to minimize his contact with the upholstery as much as possible.