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The Darkling Spy

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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, Butterfly can identify each traitor and every serving...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 28th 2010 by Arcadia Books
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The Darkling Spy is an excellent novel – full of suspense and very well written. As a Cold War spy novel, this book needed a lot of research but the author did that so well. It was tense, the settings strong and effective and the complex plot gripped me instantly but also got stronger as the book went on.

Edward Wilson’s characters are always great to read – discovering who is who and separating the (minimal) trustworthy charac...more
Rob Kitchin
The Darkling Spy is a cold war spy story in the mould of John Le Carre – a dark, complex, layered tale of small heroic, compromising and treacherous acts and mind games, rather than the action, thrills and womanising of Fleming. Wilson creates a world in which no-one quite trusts anyone else, even family, friends and allies; in which the wrong decisions can have fatal consequences. It is a world of pervaded by lies, deception, mis- and dis-information, politics and ideology. There is a strong se...more
Set in Berlin, London & Budapest in the 1950s at the height of the Cold War, this plot is full of espionage & counter-espionage. Bit too much cloak & dagger for me. Very much in the vein of the BBC's "Spooks" series (which I enjoy). It takes a bit of following. I enjoyed the 2nd half better than the confusing opening chapters.
Vikas Datta
Another harrowing tale of betrayals - double and triple - but embroils you in a certain morbid fascination....
David Lowther
A good second half after a somewhat over complex opening meant that the closing chapters and climax were good.

There was a good mix of real (often not named but easy to recognise) and fictional characters and, for Le Carre fans, a credible lot. The characters were interesting and well-drawn, the dialogue convincing and the locations suitably chilly.

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Paul French
the second installment in Wilson's superb spy trilogy
Complex but well written.
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Edward Wilson served in Vietnam as an officer in the 5th Special Forces. His decorations include the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal for Valor. Soon after leaving the army, Wilson became a permanent expatriate in the UK in 1974. He formally lost US nationality in 1986. Edward Wilson is a British citizen, but has also lived and worked in Germany and France.
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