Edward Wilson's second novel will prove familiar territory for fans of A River in May. The setting is 1950s London, at the height of the Cold War. Kit Fournier is ostensibly a senior diplomat at the US embassy in Grosvenor Square, but is actually CIA bureau chief in London.
The Arms Race informs much of the action in this fast-paced page turner which sees Kit go undercover to meet a dissident KGB agent, lose a loved one, have a crisis of soul and get blackmailed into becoming a double agent for M16...
'A glorious seething broth of historical fact and old-fashioned spy story' The Times
'A sophisticated, convincing novel that shows governments and their secret services as cynically exploitative and utterly ruthless' Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph
'One of the three or four best spy novels I've ever read...startlingly honest and insightful' Morning Star