Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal


It’s amazing what you find when you go to a bookstore. I picked up a book and thought this looks familiar.  I wasn’t 100% sure if I had read it.  I had to give it a few seconds to digest and come up with the answer. I came to an understanding of two things. One, I did read this book. Two, I should have remembered it.

Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal focuses on Edward Arnold Chapman, a British double agent, whose troubled personal life was about as convoluted as his professional life.  He was a career criminal and was not a stranger to prison before he became a spy.  He was eventually able to gain freedom by offering his services to the Nazis.  He began working as a German spy during World War II.  His German handler code named him Fritz, and once making connection with the MI5, he also became a British spy with the code name Zigzag.

It is here where the author, Ben Macintyre, continues shedding light on Chapman’s days and nights as a double agent.  He zigzags his way between his two radically different lives, always keeping his stories straight even with his two wives, but he would later be forced out.  The medal earning German spy had become a liability for the British, and were not willing to take anymore risks.  He delved back into crime, and died in the latter half of the 1990’s.  

Macintyre was able to write about Zigzag as MI5 declassified Chapman’s files ten years after his death in 1997.  So in the vein of Mission Impossible, the book is available to read, should you choose to accept it.

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