Agent Zigzag is the true story of a British double agent during the second world war, who was more rogue than hero. Eddie Chapman started out his life as a small time criminal and con man, but found a way out of that life when the second world war broke out, and he saw an opportunity to run another con – this time on the Germans.
It is hard not to like Eddie Chapman, living on the edge of danger while flaunting the trust of both his British and German spymasters. Macintyre does an excellent job of painting portraits of the people involve on both sides of the English channel.
As the fog of war begins to lift on some of the events that occurred 70+ years ago, stories like this are beginning to be uncovered. But as the epilogue to the book – which in the version I read contained stories which had been brought to the attention of the author after the book’s publication – not everything you read and hear can be trusted.
Agent ZigZag is a very entertaining read, and you’re never quite sure what kind of mischief or shenanigans lie around the corner for our erstwhile hero. He might have been a rogue and a scoundrel until the end, but his is certainly a rollicking ride.