Several books on ‘deception’ during World War II have appe­ared in the past. Thaddeus Holt’s The Deceivers: Allied military deception in the Second World War (2004) was a masterpiece. Now, Mihir Bose has unveiled an action-packed story of one such operation, ‘Silver’, in his well-researched book, The Indian Spy. The hero of this story is Bhagat Ram Talwar, who dec­eived Italians, Germans, and Russians from 1941 before finally serving British spymaster Peter Fleming during 1942-43. With a life so full of dark crevices, we still do not know whether he was faithful even to the British.