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The Darkling Spy
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Wilson's smart, finely written sequel to The Envoy mines an underutilized place and period of cold war history: Berlin, 1956. William Catesby is a diplomat in the English embassy in Bonn, but pretty much everyone understands that he's really a spy. Despite leftist leanings and a penchant to go his own way no matter what his orders, he's slowly rising in the ranks of the secret service, mentored by his boss, Henry Bone. Catesby's American friend, CIA agent Kit Fournier, is attempting to betray his country after falling in love with an Englishwoman spying for the Russians, and while Catesby is sympathetic, he's happy to interrogate Kit and trick him into talking. Meanwhile, the Americans are trying to persuade a German spy, code named Butterfly, to defect, and Catesby goes on the hunt for this deadly and elusive creature. More George Smiley than James Bond, Catesby will delight those readers looking for less blood and more intelligence in their spy thrillers. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Edward Wilson is a native of Baltimore. He studied International Relations on a US Army scholarship and later served as a Special Forces officer in Vietnam. He received the Army Commendation Medal with 'V' for his part in rescuing wounded Vietnamese soldiers from a minefield. His other decorations include the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. After leaving the Army, Wilson became an expatriate and gave up US nationality to become a British citizen. He has also lived and worked in Germany and France, and was a post-graduate student at Edinburgh University. He is the author of seven novels, A River in May, The Envoy, The Darkling Spy, The Midnight Swimmer, The Whitehall Mandarin, A Very British Ending and South Atlantic Requiem, all published by Arcadia Books. The author now lives in Suffolk where he taught English and Modern Languages for thirty years.

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Wilson's smart, finely written sequel to The Envoy mines an underutilized place and period of cold war history: Berlin, 1956. William Catesby is a diplomat in the English embassy in Bonn, but pretty much everyone understands that he's really a spy. Despite leftist leanings and a penchant to go his own way no matter what his orders, he's slowly rising in the ranks of the secret service, mentored by his boss, Henry Bone. Catesby's American friend, CIA agent Kit Fournier, is attempting to betray his country after falling in love with an Englishwoman spying for the Russians, and while Catesby is sympathetic, he's happy to interrogate Kit and trick him into talking. Meanwhile, the Americans are trying to persuade a German spy, code named Butterfly, to defect, and Catesby goes on the hunt for this deadly and elusive creature. More George Smiley than James Bond, Catesby will delight those readers looking for less blood and more intelligence in their spy thrillers. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Praise for The Envoy: 'A glorious, seething broth of historical fact and old-fashioned spy story' The Times 'Sophisticated and convincing' Sunday Telegraph 'A page-turner to the last' Tribune

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