Envoy, The

Envoy, The

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

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Published: 
26 Feb 2008
ISBN: 
9781906413125
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Envoy, The

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

Price £: 
5.99
eBook
Published: 
11 Apr 2011
ISBN: 
9781908129154
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About the author

  • Edward Wilson

    Edward Wilson’s first home was a waterfront bar in Fell’s Point, a Baltimore neighbourhood whose residents included Billie Holiday and Edgar Alan Poe. He went to Baltimore Poly, a school where Ta-Nehisi Coates and Dashiell Hammett were former students. He served in Vietnam with the 5th SFGA and was decorated for his part in rescuing wounded Vietnamese soldiers from a minefield. 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 eight novels, A River in MayThe EnvoyThe Darkling SpyThe Midnight SwimmerA Very British EndingThe Whitehall MandarinSouth Atlantic Requiem and Portrait of the Spy as Young Man, all published by Arcadia Books. The author taught at Lowestoft College and local schools for thirty years. He lives with his wife Julia in rural Suffolk where they garden and try to identify birds.

    Titles by Edward Wilson

    A Very British Ending
    The midnight swimmer by Edward Wilson
    Portrait of the Spy as a Young Man
    South Atlantic Requiem