Catesby takes over the South America Desk at MI6, only to discover that disaster in the South Atlantic is looming. Downing Street is slashing defence spending, but refusing to negotiate a Falklands deal. With hostilities imminent, Catesby's job is to prevent the Argentine Junta from obtaining more Exocet missiles. Catesby is summoned and given a secret and highly sensitive task by the Foreign Secretary. He is sent to Peru via Washington to help negotiate a last minute peace deal. Catesby knows that the peace deal involves Faustian pacts. The right-wingers in Reagan's White House want the repressive Junta to survive--and many in London would prefer Thatcher not to survive. But Catesby and the Foreign Secretary have an unspoken bond. Both men have experienced the horror of war and want to spare others. In the early hours of 2 May, the Junta agrees new peace terms. Twelve hours later, the Belgrano is torpedoed and sunk. Catesby is left in a state of shock and disillusionment. The novel's conclusion focuses on Catesby's attempts to uncover what he supposes are lies about the sinking of the Belgrano. The Secret State is impenetrable and finding truth is impossible.
The Midnight Swimmer
Author: Edward Wilson
Publisher: Arcadia Books Limited
Spawned in the bleak poverty of an East Anglian fishing port, Catesby is a spy with a big anti-establishment chip on his shoulder. He loves his country, but despises the class who run it. Loathed by the Americans and trusted by the Russians, Catesby is sent to negotiate a secret deal with Moscow to break the Cuban Missile Crisis deadlock. But before that can happen, Catesby meets the Midnight Swimmer, who has a chilling message for Washington. A sophisticated novel, full of twists and turns that merge historical fact with fiction. "Outstanding third novel... Wilson is a master at working the history of the period-the Cuban missile crisis in particular-into his intricate tale of high politicaldrama and deadly action."-Publishers Weekly.
British intelligence has a mole deep in the KGB. When that mole reports on a Soviet spy ring in London, MI6 gets worried. And when MI6 gets worried, they call Catesby. He is sent on a mole hunt that leads him through the seamy sex scandals of 1960s London to the jungles of Vietnam. The tectonic plates of world power are shifting. Thrilling and deeply intelligent, The Whitehall Mandarin reveals the US government's most deeply held secret - its investigation into the People's Republic of China, and its concurrent rise to world domination. It's a secret that Catesby may not live to share. "Fans of twisted plots with the possibility of double or even triple bluffs will find this a nice substitute for Len Deighton."--Publishers Weekly "This cynically complex plot is laid over perfectly described settings, from London to Moscow to Vietnam. Wilson's characters and their consciences come alive to lend the book its power."--Kirkus Reviews "Edward Wilson is garnering the praise of readers in England he's long deserved, but it is to be hoped that America can discover him too. His stories are our stores, just as his own story is one of two countries nervously eyeing each other in wary allegiance."--Los Angeles Review of Books "As a piece of Cold War nostalgia, THE WHITEHALL MANDARIN is a great read. As a well-crafted espionage thriller, it should be on any reader's short list of the year's best. . . Don't miss this one. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."--I Love a Mystery
The Darkling Spy
Author: Edward Wilson
Publisher: Arcadia Books
A gem of an espionage thriller. A mystery based spy novel that will hold the reader by the throat from beginning to end. Anyone familiar with the era will recognize the accuracy of Wilson's historical context and anyone seeking a thriller of page-turning brilliance needs look no further.-I Love a Mystery
Friends and Traitors
Author: John Lawton
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
John Lawton’s Inspector Troy novels are regularly singled out as a crime series of exceptional quality, by critics and readers alike. Friends and Traitors is the eighth novel in the series—which can be read in any order—a story of betrayal, espionage, and the dangers of love. London, 1958. Chief Superintendent Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard, newly promoted after good service during Nikita Khrushchev’s visit to Britain, is not looking forward to a European trip with his older brother, Rod. Rod has decided to take his entire family on “the Grand Tour” for his fifty-first birthday: a whirlwind of restaurants, galleries, and concert halls from Paris to Florence to Vienna to Amsterdam. But Frederick Troy only gets as far as Vienna. It is there that he crosses paths with an old acquaintance, a man who always seems to be followed by trouble: British spy turned Soviet agent Guy Burgess. Suffice it to say that Troy is more than surprised when Burgess, who has escaped from the bosom of Moscow for a quick visit to Vienna, tells him something extraordinary: “I want to come home.” Troy knows this news will cause a ruckus in London—but even Troy doesn’t expect an MI5 man to be gunned down as a result, and Troy himself suspected of doing the deed. As he fights to prove his innocence, Troy is haunted by more than just Burgess’s past liaisons—there is a scandal that goes up to the highest ranks of Westminster, affecting spooks and politicians alike. And the stakes become all the higher for Troy when he reencounters a woman he first met in the Ritz hotel during a blackout—falling in love is a handicap when playing the game of spies.
A Cold War mystery series featuring MI6 agent Catesby. An MI6 officer, haunted by the ghosts of an SS atrocity, kills a Nazi war criminal in the ruins of a U-boot bunker. The German turns out to be a CIA asset preparing to be smuggled to South America. As a hungry Britain freezes in the winter of 1947, a young cabinet minister negotiates a deal with Moscow trading Rolls-Royce jet engines for cattle fodder and wood. Both have made powerful enemies with long memories. The fates of the two men become entwined as one rises through MI6 and the other to Downing Street. It is the mid-1970s and a coup d''tat is imminent. A Very British Ending is the Wolf Hall of power games in modern Britain. Senior MI6 officers, Catesby and Bone, try to outwit a cabal of plotters trying to overthrow the Prime Minister. The author once again reveals the dark underside of the Secret State on both sides of the Atlantic. "The dialogue is spot-on, mostly English upper-crust or American colloquial, and the tension is unrelenting as the story speeds toward an unparalleled crisis narrowly avoided. Weaving a literary maze of intrigue, betrayal, and deception, Wilson invites justifiable comparison with John le Carr'."--Kirkus Review "Wilson's fine fifth novel featuring spy William Catesby. . . Le Carre fans will find a lot to like."--Publishers Weekly
Author: Ben Macintyre
Publisher: A&C Black
The number one bestselling author of Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat exposes the true story of the D Day Spies.
Author: Tony Kent
In the fourth and final installment of David Downing’s spy series, Jack McColl is sent to Soviet Russia, where the civil war is coming to an end. The Bolsheviks have won but the country is in ruins. With the hopes engendered by the revolution hanging by a thread, plots and betrayals abound. London, 1921: Ex–Secret Service spy Jack McColl is in prison serving time for assaulting a cop. McColl has been embittered by the Great War; he feels betrayed by the country that had sent so many young men to die needlessly. He can’t stomach spying for the British Empire anymore. He’s also heartbroken. The love of his life, radical journalist Caitlin Hanley, parted ways with him three years earlier so she could offer her services to the Communist revolution in Moscow. Then his former Secret Service boss offers McColl the chance to escape his jail sentence if he takes a dangerous and unofficial assignment in Russia, where McColl is already a wanted man. He would be spying on other spies, sniffing out the truth about MI5 meddling in a high-profile assassination plot. The target is someone McColl cares about and respects. The MI5 agent involved is someone he loathes. With the knowledge that he may be walking into a death trap, McColl sets out for Moscow, the scene of his last heartbreak. Little does he know that his mission will throw him back into Caitlin’s life—or that her husband will be one of the men he is trying to hunt down.
A River in May
Author: Edward Wilson
Publisher: Arcadia Books Limited
What happens when a bunch of murderous gringos are let loose on a developing country? We all saw Apocalypse Now. We've read the fiction. Yet few films or books identify even a single Vietnamese by name. Thee million Vietnamese were killed in the American war - half the Jewish Holocaust. This is a story of that war, which questions how far one individual will go to right the wrongs of his country before betraying his fellow soldiers and comrades.
Author: Edward Wilson
Publisher: Arcadia Books Ltd
Kit Fournier, a disaffected former American officer, goes deep undercover and sides with the enemy in this sophisticated espionage thriller that takes place at the height of the Cold War. Giving a unique look into the CIA in London, Kit faces not only the looming arms race and an impending H-bomb apocalypse but also a crisis of the soul-brought about by the unveiling of his own dark, personal secret that might prove more deadly than the dispatches he's decoding. In a world where sexual blackmail and personal betrayal are essential skills, the consequences of siding with the enemy are exposed in this gripping historical drama.
The Spy's Daughter
Author: Adam Brookes
The thrilling third novel from multi-award-nominated author Adam Brookes is paranoid, tense spy fiction at its very finest. Meet Pearl Tao: an American girl with a lethal secret. Pearl longs for the life of a normal American teenager: summers at the pool, friends, backyard barbecues in the Washington DC suburbs. But she is different. Her gift for mathematics means overprotective parents and college sponsorship from a secretive technology corporation. And now, aged nineteen, she is beginning to understand what her parents intend for her. The terrifying role she is to play. Her only hope of escape lies with two sidelined and discredited spies: Trish Patterson and Philip Mangan. Finding out the truth about Pearl will be the biggest mission they'll ever undertake. "Authentic, taut and compelling. Brookes is the real deal." Charles Cumming
Author: Pip Adam
Publisher: Victoria University Press
Carla, Sharon and Duey have worked in fashion for longer than they care to remember. For them, there’s nothing new under the sun. They’re Generation X: tired, cynical and sick of being used.Tommy, Cal and Kurt are millennials. They’ve come from nowhere, but with their monied families behind them they’re ready to remake fashion. They represent the new sincere, the anti-irony. Both generations are searching for a way out, an alternative to their messed-up reality.Pip Adam’s new novel walks the streets of Auckland city now, examining the fashion scene, intergenerational tension and modern life with an unflinching eye. From the wreckage and waste of the 21st century, new animals must emerge.
1963. While London is beginning to swing, George Horsfield has settled into a stultifying routine - pushing paperwork around at the War Office on behalf of the fading British Empire, then catching the 5.27 home from Waterloo for twin beds and Ovaltine. Until a case of mistaken identity leads him into a world of Russian spies, cash-stuffed envelopes and call girls who aren't what they seem... This elegant short story, imbued with the mordant wit and seamless period detail that characterise John Lawton's work, shows once again why 'Lawton's up there with Philip Kerr and Alan Furst. Yes, he's that good.' (The Sun)
My Name Is Nobody
Author: Matthew Richardson
Publisher: Penguin UK
A breathless, gripping must-read for fans of Terry Hayes' I Am Pilgrim and James Swallow's Nomad 'I know a secret. A secret that changes everything . . .' Solomon Vine was the best of his generation, a spy on a fast track to the top. But when a prisoner is shot in unexplained circumstances, and on his watch, only suspension and exile beckon. Three months later, in Istanbul, MI6's Head of Station is violently abducted from his home. With the Service in lockdown, uncertain of who can be trusted, thoughts turn to the missing man's oldest friend: Solomon Vine. Officially suspended, Vine can operate outside the chain of command to uncover the truth. But his investigation soon reveals that the disappearance heralds something much darker. And that there's much more at stake than the life of a single spy . . . My Name is Nobody is a sophisticated, pacey and accomplished debut novel by 26-year-old rising star Matthew Richardson. Appealing to fans of the TV series Homeland and The Night Manager - as well as, Charles Cumming and Robert Harris - this is a gripping, multi-layered and assured debut thriller that drips with an insider's knowledge of London's corridors of power. 'Compelling, intense and sharply authentic' - James Swallow, bestselling author of Nomad 'I dare you to find a first novel as self-assured, impeccably researched and beautifully rendered . . . Richardson paints a portrait of espionage that calls to mind early le Carré' - Gregg Hurwitz, No. 1 bestselling author of Orphan X