Section 3 Summary
In this section, Henry provides information about the people he works for. Dennis Hoagland, Henry's boss, he describes as a man who likes to call his employees in the middle of the night with news he believes critical. Harry thinks Hoagland's late-night phone calls are a form of sleep deprivation, a training of sorts, making sure his employees are tough minded even under pressure.
One night, Hoagland calls to talk about Henry's newest assignment, an investigation of a Korean American politician, John Kwang, running for mayor of New York. Henry's job is to infiltrate Kwang's campaign office to gather information.
Hoagland is concerned about Henry. On his last assignment, Henry made a serious mistake and almost lost his cover. Henry had been investigating Emile Luzan, a Filipino American psychiatrist also involved in politics. Luzan was attempting to help return Ferdinand Marcos (a real-life exiled Filipino president) to office. In spying on Luzan, Henry took on the identity of a patient, submitting himself to Luzan's therapy to befriend the psychiatrist. However, Luzan began affecting Henry's psyche. Although as a spy Henry had invented a false personality, in Luzan's office details about his true history emerged.
Henry had recently lost his son, Mitt, to a fatal accident. Typical of Henry, he tries to hide his emotions, but Luzan gets Henry to open up. This was against all of Henry's espionage training: A spy was never to allow his true personal life to seep through the mask of his assumed identity. Once Hoagland discovered that Henry's identity had been breached, Henry was pulled off the case. Later, when Henry called Luzan's office to apologize for abruptly stopping his therapy sessions, Henry found out that Luzan was dead. Hoagland confirmed this, telling Henry that Luzan drowned while vacationing in the Caribbean. No accusations are made, but Henry suspects that the organization he works for might have been responsible for Luzan's death.
After the Luzan case, Henry went on temporary leave. Hoagland knew Henry was also having trouble with his wife after the death of their son and wanted to help relieve some pressure. Henry is a good agent, and Hoagland does not want to lose him. However, it is time for Henry to come back to work. Hoagland thinks the John Kwang job should not be a difficult one, but he also wonders if Henry is up to the task.