Published by Arcadia Books,
18 March 2018.
18 March 2018.
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 monstrous characters.
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 real people
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
This book is the latest in a series of clever spy stories by Edward Wilson.
Jennifer Palmer Throughout 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.
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