The secret agent a simple tale is a novel by joseph conrad first published in 1907 the story is set in london in 1886 and deals with mr adolf verloc and his work as a spy for an unnamed country presumably russia. With toby jones vicky mcclure charlie hamblett marie critchley verloc the owner of a seedy shop in victorian soho plays a dangerous game spying on an agitating anarchist group that will prove useful to the foreign power he is secretly working for. The secret agent is by far the most complex classic i read for this year it is a classic which is conceptually modern built on the themes of espionage double agents government policies politics terrorism and revolutionaries it is a dark and tragic tale and even brutal at times. Secret agent is a 1936 british espionage thriller film directed by alfred hitchcock adapted from the play by campbell dixon which in turn is loosely based on two stories in the 1927 collection ashenden or the british agent by w somerset maughamthe film starred madeleine carroll peter lorre john gielgud and robert youngfuture star michael redgrave made a brief uncredited appearance
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