Midnight Plus One (CRIME MASTERWORKS) Paperback – 19 May 2005
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'Breathless suspense ... taut action ... manages to achieve depth as a novel without ever letting up its adventurous pace ... A grand book for every le Carre reader' The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Gavin Lyall (1932-2003) was born in Birmingham, UK and, after serving as a pilot in the RAF, read English at Cambridge and then worked as a journalist for the Picture Post, the BBC and The Sunday Times. He published his first novel, The Wrong Side of the Sky, in 1961. His other books include The Most Dangerous Game and The Secret Servant. He was married to the writer and journalist Katharine Whitehorn.
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The author: Lyall served in the RAF in the early 1950s, and his first strand of thrillers is usually about pilots (though this particular one isn't):
The Wrong Side of the Sky (1961)
The Most Dangerous Game (1963)
Midnight Plus One (1965)
Shooting Script (1966)
Venus With Pistol (1969)
Blame the Dead (1973)
Judas Country (1975)
his two other 'strands' are on the number Ten SAS adviser Major Maxim; and the 'Honourable' series of four is about the fledgling British spy service at the start pf the 20th century.
My opinion: very very good: well-written, well paced, knowledgeable, and springing sudden tension in unexpected places. The slightly washed-out and self-doubting 'hero' makes this more realistic than many a thriller; this is a tight, well-crafted thriller with a devious plot, of which the strands are only getting clear slowly. One of Lyall's best!
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