The Darkling Spy

By Edward Wilson

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'Fournier was being very naughty and it was important that the Brits got to him before the Americans - and had the evidence to blackmail him all the way to the Ninth Circle of Hell, where traitors were frozen in ice for all eternity.'

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London, 1956. A generation of British spies are haunted by the ghosts of friends turned traitor. Henry Bone, a Mandarin spymaster, learns that Butterfly is the Holy Grail of Cold War Intelligence. In reality, he is an aristocratic pervert whose political tastes are as ugly as his sexual preferences. But worst of all for some, Butterfly can identify each traitor ghost and every serving British spy who helped them. Catesby, a spy with his reputation in tatters, is pressured to become a fake defector in order to track down Butterfly. Catesby's quest leads him from Berlin, through a shower of Molotov cocktails in Budapest and finally to dinner alone with the East German espionage legend, Mischa Wolf. The novel's shocking conclusion will change the reader's view of the Cold War forever.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Arcadia Books
Publication Date 21 Apr 2011
SKU 9781906413873-grouped
Number of Pages 296

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