November 1989. Communism is collapsing, and soon the Berlin Wall will come down with it. But before that happens there is one last bit of cloak & dagger to attend to. Two weeks ago, an undercover MI6 officer was killed in Berlin. He was carrying information from a source in the East -- a list that allegedly contains the name of every espionage agent working in Berlin, on all sides. No list was found on his body. Now Lorraine Broughton, an experienced spy with no pre-existing ties to Berlin, has been sent into this powderkeg of social unrest, counter-espionage, defections gone bad and secret assassinations to bring back the list and save the lives of the British agents whose identities reside on it.
The Coldest City infiltrates a world of espionage and intelligence. Meet Lorraine Broughton, a MI6 operative, who has to journey to West Germany during the Cold War. She seems to be very picky when it comes to her choice of weapons. The art by Sam Hart is so desolate, with many characters and backgrounds blurred. The story itself would have benefited from more detailed art, to draw a better account. Yet it is understandable that Hart wanted to convey the atmosphere during the end of the Cold War. To grasp details of who and where, I had to reread the story. Only then was I able to take in the essence of the characters and story. Johnston conveys the distrust between officers and allies during this time. Just when you seem to have unraveled the important details, the tables turn. I would read more spy fiction from Johnston, especially if we learn more about Lorraine.