Darkling Spy, The

Darkling Spy, The

London, 1956. A generation of British spies are haunted by the ghosts of friends turned traitors. Henry Bone, a Mandarin spymaster, is convinced that a man code-named 'Butterfly' is the Holy Grail of Cold War Intelligence. In reality, however, Butterfly is an aristocratic pervert whose political tastes are as ugly as his sexual preferences. Worst of all, Butterfly has the ability to identify each traitor – and every serving British spy who helped them.

It's on par with John Le Carré. ... It's that good ... As a novel this has a wonderful feel the taste, the texture and the smell of authenticity.' Tribune

'The glory days of the Cold War are evoked in The Darkling Spy by Edward Wilson, who boldly ventures into the territory so well trodden by John le Carré. The professionalism of the novel, so rich in detailed perspectives, it's characters so sturdily grounded, enables it to outgrow the spy-thriller's more wearisome conventions, while delivering strong emotional charges.' Times Literary Supplement

'A thriller of page-turning brilliance' I Love a Mystery

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Published: 
21 Apr 2011
ISBN: 
9781906413873
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Darkling Spy, The

London, 1956. A generation of British spies are haunted by the ghosts of friends turned traitors. Henry Bone, a Mandarin spymaster, is convinced that a man code-named 'Butterfly' is the Holy Grail of Cold War Intelligence. In reality, however, Butterfly is an aristocratic pervert whose political tastes are as ugly as his sexual preferences. Worst of all, Butterfly has the ability to identify each traitor - and every serving British spy who helped them.

It's on par with John Le Carré....It's that good ... As a novel this has a wonderful feel the taste, the texture and the smell of authenticity.' Tribune

'The glory days of the Cold War are evoked in The Darkling Spy by Edward Wilson, who boldly ventures into the territory so well trodden by John le Carré. The professionalism of the novel, so rich in detailed perspectives, it's characters so sturdily grounded, enables it to outgrow the spy-thriller's more wearisome conventions, while delivering strong emotional charges.' Times Literary Supplement

'A thriller of page-turning brilliance' I Love a Mystery

Price £: 
5.99
eBook
Published: 
01 Apr 2011
ISBN: 
9781908129161
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About the author

  • Edward Wilson

    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 four previous novels, A River in MayThe EnvoyThe Darkling Spy and The Midnight Swimmer, all published by Arcadia Books. The author now lives in Suffolk where he taught English and Modern Languages for thirty years. He's currenting writing his sixth novel A Very British Ending.

    Titles by Edward Wilson

    A Very British Ending
    The midnight swimmer by Edward Wilson