A Very British Ending
A British Prime Minister is targeted by the CIA as a threat to American interests. A secret plot unfolds on both sides of the Atlantic to remove him from power.
‘A secret history of postwar Britain, looking aslant at everything from the Cambridge spies to Ted Heath. Tantalisingly, it is often hard to tell if the unofficial versions of events aired are the “real” story, or just provocative suggestions.’ John Dugdale, The Sunday Times
‘First-rate characterisation and a depth of detail that entwines itself around real and supposed events. This is a fantastic read and a warning... Paul Simon, Morning Star
‘This skilful melding of what is real and what is fiction is a strength throughout the book, and through all of Wilson’s work... linger and appreciate the intricacies.’ Laura Harman, Shots
‘As the police conduct their inquiries into former Prime Minister Ted Heath, perhaps they should have a word with author Edward Wilson.’Sebastian Shakespeare, The Daily Mail
‘Do we sense a conspiracy?’ London Evening Standard
‘Wilson throws almost everything at the reader.’ Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian
The Whitehall Mandarin
British intelligence has a deep penetration mole in the KGB. When that mole reports that a Soviet spy ring in London is no longer sending intelligence to Moscow, MI6 are worried. Catesby is sent on a mole hunt that leads him through the seamy sex scandals of 1960s London to the jungles of Vietnam. The tectonic plates of world power are shifting. The Whitehall Mandarin is set in a world of political and sexual ambiguity. No one is who they seem to be. Thrilling and deeply intelligent, The Whitehall Mandarin reveals the US government s most deeply held secret its investigation into the People s Republic of China, and its concurrent rise to world domination. It’s a secret that Catesby may not live to share.
...beguiling bizarre Cold War Spy novel, peopled by spooks who are often more obsessed with satisfying kinky cravings than with defeating Russia
...espionage and geopolitical history rewritten by Evelyn Waugh. The Sunday Times
'Wilson is now firmly ensconced in the new firmament of espionage writing’ Barry Forshaw, The Independent
‘Fact and fiction blend into great storytelling’ Tribune
‘This cynically complex plot is laid over perfectly described settings, from London to Moscow to Vietnam’ Kirkus Review
The Midnight Swimmer
Catesby is a spy with a big anti-establishment chip on his shoulder. He loves his country, but despises the class who run it. Loathed by the Americans and trusted by the Russians, Catesby is sent to Havana and Washington to make clandestine contacts.
London has authorised Catesby to offer Moscow a secret deal to break the Cuban Missile Crisis deadlock. But before that can happen, Catesby meets the Midnight Swimmer who has a chilling message for Washington.
This sophisticated novel is full of twists and turns that merge historical fact with fiction. A white-knuckle superpower standoff is played out against a backdrop of honey trap blackmail, Mafia contracts, assassination and Vatican scandal. The real blurs into the surreal as Che car surfs on the Havana seafront and Fidel takes the pitcher’s mound against a professional baseball team.
... a puzzle of immense complexity ...Wilson is a master at working the history of the period ... intricate tale of high political drama and deadly action. Publishers Weekly
Killing is always a serious matter. All too often, amid the glitzy gadgetry of the spy thriller, all the fast cars and sexual adventures, we lose sight of the essential seriousness of what is at stake. John le Carré reminds us, often, and so does Edward Wilson.
Wilson has a nicely measured taste for historical irony and plausible conspiracy theory. Like all outsiders, he is forced constantly to observe and notice, purely to survive.
This is an intellectually commanding thriller which does well those things that thrillers are supposed to do, but adds a mordant wit, and a poignant sense of the human cost of every move in the game of nations. Roz Kaveney in The Independent
The Darkling Spy
A generation of British spies are haunted by the ghosts of friends turned traitor. Henry Bone, a Whitehall mandarin spymaster, is convinced that agent Butterfly is about to defect to the Americans and expose the dark secrets of the British establishment. Bone knows he has to get to Butterfly before the Americans.
Catesby, a spy with his reputation in tatters, is pressured to become a fake defector in order to track down Butterfly. Catesby’s quest leads him from Berlin, through a shower of Molotov cocktails in Budapest and finally to dinner alone with the East German espionage legend, Mischa Wolf.
The novel’s shocking conclusion will change the reader’s view of the Cold War forever.
More George Smiley than James Bond, Catesby will delight those readers looking for less blood and more intelligence in their spy thrillers. Publishers Weekly
“IT’S ON A PAR WITH JOHN LE CARRÉ….IT’S THAT GOOD.”
“As a novel this has a wonderful feel – the taste, the texture and the smell of authenticity.” Tribune
The glory days of the Cold War are evoked in The Darkling Spy by Edward Wilson, who boldly ventures into the territory so well trodden by John le Carré. The professionalism of the novel, so rich in detailed perspectives, it’s characters so sturdily grounded, enables it to outgrow the spy-thrillers more wearisome conventions, while delivering strong emotional charges. Times Literary Supplement
Kit Fournier is ostensibly a senior diplomat at the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square, but he is also CIA Chief of Station. With the arms race looming large Kit goes undercover to meet his KGB counterpart to pass on secret information about British spies. In a world where truth means deception and love means honey trap, blackmail and betrayal are essential skills. As an H-bomb apocalypse hangs over London, Kit Fournier faces a crisis of the soul. The unveiling of his own dark secret proves more deadly than his coded despatches.
This is not the kind of escapist spy thriller generally found on the bestseller lists. Wilson's story has no heroes. It's a sophisticated, convincing novel that shows governments and their secret services as cynically exploitative and utterly ruthless. Susanna Yager in The Sunday Telegraph
‘A glorious, seething broth of historical fact and old-fashioned spy story’ The Times
‘A page turner to the last’ Tribune
‘One of the three or four best spy novels I’ve ever read’ Mat Coward, Morning Star
A River In May
The war in Vietnam has escalated into a bloodbath. Lyndon Johnson is in the White House and each night on the network news programmes Americans watch their soldiers returning in their thousands – in coffins.
Lieutenant Lopez, a twenty-three-year-old American of Mexican origin, has volunteered for a tour of duty to escape the cocoon of privilege his adoptive parents have wrapped him in as well as a personal tragedy. Lopez is assigned to a remote border camp defended by a US Special Forces team and by Vietnamese irregulars. Lopez gradually emerges from his escapist self-pity to become aware of the brainless brutality, bleak cynicism and injustice which swirl around him. Lopez starts to shed his layers of acquired identity and culture, and begins to ‘go native’.
In this powerful and profoundly unsettling first novel, Edward Wilson poses the question: how far will one individual go to right the wrongs of his country, before betraying his fellow soldiers or comrades? His answer, unexpected and shocking, will remain to haunt the reader long after the first reading. This is a Vietnam War novel with a difference, giving voice to the dispossessed.
‘The best Vietnam novel ever’ Alan Sillitoe, Books of the Year, The Independent on Sunday
‘Stylistically sophisticated, visually and emotionally present’ W.G. Sebald.
‘One of my favourite books of the year’ Brian Case, Time Out