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by Arcadia Books, 18 March 2018. ISBN
Edward Wilson has moved to 1982 for his latest spy
thriller. The machinations of politicians and diplomats are laid out as
they attempt to prevent war in the South Atlantic. Robert Catesby is
Wilson’s protagonist - a senior British spy whose remit includes South
America. Budget cuts mean that he has only one agent in Argentina.
Fiona Stewart is a Cambridge student who is in love with a dashing Argentinian
polo player who is also a military pilot flying aircraft armed with Exocet
missiles for the Military Junta. She helps to build a picture of
Argentina in 1982.
Catesby moves from the thankless
task of persuading the leaders of the British government that an Argentinian
attack on the Falkland Islands is likely to the equally frustrating task of
making a settlement to avoid war and loss of life. Catesby moves around
Europe, the USA and South America at speed meeting some fascinating, often
The details of undercover work and
the complexity of diplomatic negotiations are fascinating and convincing to
read. The inevitability of events that many readers will remember add
authenticity and pathos to the story. The author does remind his readers
in the acknowledgements that this is a work of fiction and does not portray
Jennifer S. Palmer
This book is the latest in a series
of clever spy stories by Edward Wilson.
was born in Baltimore, Maryland. His father, a merchant sailor, died when
Edward was just six months old, leaving Edward's mother to raise him and his
two brothers. He did his secondary education at the Baltimore Polytechnic
Institute (A previous student at Poly was Dashiell Hammet, the inventor of the
hard boiled detective novel), before going on to the University of Virginia on
a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship. A few weeks after graduating
from university, Edward was commissioned as a second lieutenant of infantry. He
did the basic course at Fort Benning followed by parachute training, he then
applied for Special Forces and completed the SF officers’ course at Fort Bragg.
He was shipped off to the Vietnam War in
the aftermath of the 1968 Tet Offensive as a member of a Special Forces unit. After
leaving the army, Edward travelled widely in Canada and Europe. He returned
briefly to the United States to earn an MA in English Literature at the
University of Massachusetts. He again left the States and became a permanent
expatriate, emigrating to the United Kingdom after serving in the Vietnam War.
He renounced his US citizenship to naturalise in his new country. Edward has
lived in Britain since 1974. He renounced his US citizenship in 1983 and became
a British citizen. Edward was a further education lecturer for 22 years. During
this time he was an active trade unionist. He was also a member of the
Anti-Nazi League and the Lowestoft Trades Council. Edward left full time
teaching to devote more time to writing in 1997. Edward has lived in Suffolk
since 1976. The county features in all his fiction. He now lives in a remote
village. His pastimes include sailing, canoeing, wild swimming, running, tennis
and growing vegetables.
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.