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Witchfinder By Andrew Williams

Witchfinder by Andrew Williams

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Summary

A brilliant novel of espionage and betrayal from 'one of Britain's most accomplished thriller writers' (Daily Mail)

Witchfinder Summary

Witchfinder: the ultimate Cold War spy story by Andrew Williams

A brilliant novel of espionage and betrayal

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'Williams is an accomplished thriller writer and this may be his best book yet. London in the 1960s, its smoky pubs, damp streets and crackle of sexual liberation is so well portrayed that reading Witchfinder is almost like time travel. Williams blends fact and fiction to make a captivating read.' Financial Times

'Rich, densely plotted... If le Carre needs a successor, Williams has all the equipment for the role.' Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year

'The most authentic spy novel ever written [...] an utterly fascinating account of a very dangerous time in British history when elements of the Secret State were out of control' Edward Wilson

London 1963. The Beatles, Carnaby Street, mini skirts. But the new mood hasn't reached the drab and fearful corridors of MI5 and MI6. Many agents joined the secret service to fight the Nazis. Now they are locked in a Cold War against the Russians.

And some of them are traitors.

The service has been shaken to its core by the high-profile defections of Cambridge-educated spies Burgess, MacLean and now Philby. Appalled at such flagrant breaches of British security, the Americans are demanding a rigorous review.

Harry Vaughan is brought back from Vienna to be part of it. The Chief asks him to join two investigators - Arthur Martin and Peter Wright - who are determined to clean out the stables, and the first target of their suspicions is the Deputy Director General of MI5, Graham Mitchell.

Harry slips back into a relationship with an old flame, Elsa, and joins the hunt - somewhat reluctantly. He is sceptical of the case against Mitchell and wary of the messianic fervour of the two spycatchers. But the further the investigation goes - and the deeper his commitment to Elsa becomes - the greater the sense of paranoia and distrust that spreads through the 'wilderness of mirrors' that is the secret service.

The only certainty is that no one is above suspicion.

Including Harry Vaughan.

'If a good spy novel needs anything, it's uncertainty, a hall of mirrors; and Witchfinder delivers it in spades. Great stuff' Dominick Donald, author of Breathe

'One of Britain's most accomplished thriller writers' Daily Mail

Witchfinder Reviews

Williams is an accomplished thriller writer and this may be his best book yet. London in the 1960s, its smoky pubs, damp streets and crackle of sexual liberation is so well portrayed that reading Witchfinder is almost like time travel. Williams blends fact and fiction to make a captivating read * Financial Times *
Seamlessly combining real-life characters with fictional, Andrew Williams has fashioned an absolutely cracking espionage novel * Irish Independent *
If a good spy novel needs anything, it's uncertainty, a hall of mirrors; and Witchfinder delivers it in spades. Great stuff. -- Dominick Donald, author of Breathe
[...] the most authentic spy novel ever written [...] an utterly fascinating account of a very dangerous time in British history when elements of the Secret State were out of control. -- Edward Wilson
Every bit as cynical in tone as Mick Herron's Slough House mob... a painstakingly recreated account of the cold war's darkest days * Irish Times *
Praise for The Suicide Club * - *
Andrew Williams has established himself as a master of the intelligent political/historical thriller. The Suicide Club, set partly at Field Marshal Haig's headquarters in 1917 and partly in German occupied Beligum, is his best novel yet: gripping and disturbing -- Allan Massie * The Scotsman Books of the Year *
Williams has become one of Britain's most accomplished thriller writers. Rich in the politics of war and based on spectacular research into the reality,The Suicide Club delivers a delicate portrait of the intricacies of war, while never neglecting the bravery. * Daily Mail *

Meticulously researched and classily written . . . offers a distinctive perspective

* The Sunday Times *
The war-damaged Innes is a strong, sympathetic character and the meticulously researched background is fascinating * The Times *
Gripped me not just because of its crisp writing but because of its unusually skilful blending of history and imagination... A clever, cautionary tale. * Tablet *
Gripped me not just because of its crisp writing, but because of its unusually skilful blending of history and imagination . . . A clever, cautionary tale. * Anne Chisholm, Tablet *

About Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams worked as a senior producer for the BBC's flagship Panorama and Newsnight programmes, and as a writer and director of history documentaries. He is the author of two bestselling non-fiction books, The Battle of the Atlantic and D-day to Berlin, and four acclaimed novels, The Interrogator, (shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Silver Dagger Award and the Ellis Peters Award), To Kill a Tsar, (shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Award and the Walter Scott Prize), The Poison Tide and The Suicide Club. You can find out more about Andrew Williams and his writing at www.andrewwilliams.tv, and you can follow him on twitter at @AWilliamswriter or on Facebook.

Additional information

GOR011266407
9781473631755
1473631750
Witchfinder: the ultimate Cold War spy story by Andrew Williams
Used - Like New
Hardback
Hodder & Stoughton
2019-09-19
480
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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