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