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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired disillusion, 4 May 2008
This review is from: The Envoy (Paperback)
I met Edward Wilson at his book signing in Aldeburgh. I knew nothing of his work, but his hint that he'd written a post Le Carre spy novel persuaded me to buy his book, and I'm so glad that I did. His account of the US's attempts to demolish Britain's fantasies of still having an empire, preventing the development of a British H-bomb but needing the territory as a base for nuclear assault or retaliation on Russia is as devastating as it is plausible. Dirty tricks abound and the protagonist (not exactly a hero!) Kit Fournier is no stranger to them. The story mainly moves between London and Suffolk (where Kit's glamorous, if kinky, cousin lives with her husband, a research scientist in Orford Ness) and both settings are admirably realised. I could hardly hope for a happy ending, but - well, I'll say no more except that Wilson transcends Le Carre in his cynicism! Masterly!
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