Contact on Gorky Street. Greville Wynne. NY: Atheneum, 1968. 222 pages. Illustrated. BOMC hardcover in dustjacket in clear Mylar protective cover. Mild edge wear to dj, text about fine. 1 copy only.
Greville Maynard Wynne (1919-1990) was a British citizen who was recruited by MI6 because of his frequent travel to Eastern Europe. He became known for acting as a courier to transport top-secret information to London from Soviet agent Oleg Penkovsky. Wynne and Penkovsky were both arrested by the KGB in October 1962, when some of the information they produced was instrumental to the West during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Both were convicted of espionage. Penkovsky was tried and executed the following year and Wynne sentenced to eight years at Lubyanka Russia prison. Struggling with deteriorating health, he was released in 1964 after the British arranged a spy prisoner exchange.