The Unfortunate Englishman

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The Unfortunate Englishman : A Joe Wilderness Novel

Author - John Lawton
Publisher - Atlantic Monthly Press
Pages - 400
ISBN - 9780802123992


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Detail - Having shot someone in what he believed was self-defense in the chaotic streets of postwar Berlin, East End Londoner turned spy Joe Wilderness finds himself locked up with little chance to escape. But an official pardon from Burne-Jones, a senior agent at MI6, means he is free to go. His return to London is brief, for another assignment from Burne-Jones puts him into the line of danger again. The operation will take him back to Berlin, where he spent several years working the black market after the war, the city now the dividing line between the West and the Soviets. Khrushchev and Kennedy are playing a game of chicken, gambling with the fate of millions of German lives. On August 13, 1961, barbed wire is laid down, separating the Soviet controlled sectors from the rest of the city. With an old paramour at threat in the divided city, and the inscrutable Khrushchev developing plans for something that could change the fate of the Cold War, Wilderness is thrust into matters well beyond his control. And meanwhile, MI6’s new man in Moscow has to improvise some quite unusual techniques in order to get the information he needs . . .

Then We Take Berlin : A Novel

Fiction

Author - John Lawton
Publisher - Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Pages - 400
ISBN - 0802193080


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Detail - “A stylish spy thriller” of postwar Berlin—the first in a thrilling new series from the acclaimed author of the Inspector Troy novels (The New York Times Book Review). John Wilfrid Holderness—aka Joe Wilderness—has gone from young Cockney cardsharp surviving the London Blitz to MI6 agent navigating war-ravaged Europe to his current career of “free-agent gumshoe” weathering Cold War fears and hard-luck times. Now he’s being drawn back into the secret ops business when an ex-CIA agent asks him to spearhead one last venture: smuggle a vulnerable woman out of East Berlin. Arriving in Germany, it doesn’t take long for Wilderness to discover he’s become an unwitting pawn in a deadly game of atomic proportions. To survive it, Wilderness must follow a serpentine trail through his past, into the confidence of an unexpected lover, and go dangerously deep into a black market scam the likes of which Berlin has never seen. The author of the acclaimed Inspector Troy series, “Lawton’s gift for atmosphere, memorable characters and intelligent plotting has been compared to John le Carré. . . . Never mind the comparisons—Lawton can stand up on his own, and Then We Take Berlin is a gem” (The Seattle Times). “[The Joe Wilderness novels] are meticulously researched, tautly plotted, historical thrillers in the mold of World War II and Cold War fiction by novelists like Alan Furst, Phillip Kerr, Eric Ambler, David Downing and Joseph Kanon.” —The Wall Street Journal “[It] will thrill readers with an interest in WWII and the early Cold War era.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “A wonderfully complex and nuanced thriller.” —Kirkus Reviews

Friends and Traitors :

Fiction

Author - John Lawton
Publisher - Grove Press
Pages - 352
ISBN - 9780802128621


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Detail - From a writer the Seattle Times dubbed "solidly at the top of anyone's A-list of contemporary spy novelists" comes a new novel featuring Inspector Troy of Scotland Yard, a tale of Cold War spy dealings centered around double agent Guy Burgess

Flesh Wounds :

Fiction

Author - John Lawton
Publisher - Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Pages - 352
ISBN - 0802195830


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Detail - Praised for their riveting, ingenious plot twists, John Lawton's series of espionage thrillers featuring Chief Inspector Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard have an uncanny ability to place readers in the thick of history. Now in Flesh Wounds, an old flame has returned to Troy's life: Kitty Stilton, wife of an American presidential hopeful. Private eye Joey Rork has been hired to make sure Kitty's amorous liaisons with a rat pack crooner don't ruin her husband's political career. But he also wants to know why Kitty has been spotted with Danny Ryan, whose twin brothers, in addition to owning one of London's hottest jazz clubs, are said to have inherited the crime empire of fallen mobster Alf Marx. Before Rork can find out, he meets a gruesome end. And he isn't the only one: bodies have started turning up around London, dismembered in the same bizarre and horrifying way. Is it possible that the blood trail leads back to Troy's own police force and into Troy's own forgotten past? Flesh Wounds, a compulsively readable thriller, finds one of our most able storytellers at the height of his game.

Nomad :

Fiction

Author - James Swallow
Publisher - Forge Books
Pages - 464
ISBN - 0765395134


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Detail - New York Times bestselling author James Swallow begins his espionage thriller series with Nomad featuring British desk jockey intelligence operative turned active agent. Marc Dane is a MI6 field agent at home behind a computer screen, one step away from the action. But when a brutal attack on his team leaves Dane the only survivor—and with the shocking knowledge that there are traitors inside MI6—he's forced into the front line. Matters spiral out of control when the evidence points toward Dane as the perpetrator of the attack. Accused of betraying his country, he must race against time to clear his name. With nowhere to turn to for help and no one left to trust, Marc is forced to rely on the elusive Rubicon group and their operative Lucy Keyes. Ex US Army, Lucy also knows what it's like to be an outsider, and she's got the skills that Dane needs. A terrorist attack is coming, one bigger and more deadly than has ever been seen before. With the eyes of the security establishment elsewhere, only Keyes and Dane can stop the attack before it's too late. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Wicked and the Just :

Young Adult Fiction

Author - J. Anderson Coats
Publisher - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages - 352
ISBN - 0547688830


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Detail - Cecily longs to return to her beloved Edgeley Hall, where her father was lord of the manor. But now he has completely ruined her life. He is moving them to Caernarvon, in occupied Wales, where he can get a place for almost nothing, since the king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least Cecily will get to be the lady of the house at last—if all goes well. Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there herself, until the English came and destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now Gwenhwyfar must wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl who has taken what should have been hers. While Cecily struggles to find her place amongst the snobby English landowners, Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And meanwhile the Welsh are not as conquered as they seem. Outside the city walls of Caernarvon, tensions are rising ever higher—until finally they must reach the breaking point.

Across the Pond: An Englishman's View of Ameica :

History

Author - Terry Eagleton
Publisher - W. W. Norton & Company
Pages - 192
ISBN - 0393349403


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Detail - A native Briton describes America and its citizens through his English eyes, humorously questioning their choices in bumper stickers, use of adjectives and superlatives and their overall lack of appreciation for the teapot.

Reflected Glory :

Biography & Autobiography

Author - Sally Bedell Smith
Publisher - Simon and Schuster
Pages - 576
ISBN - 1476770352


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Detail - A biography of Pamela Churchill Harriman, based on over 800 interviews and archival research, charting her life from marriage to Churchill’s son, Randolph, through two further marriages to her eventual appointment as US Ambassador to France.

The Unfortunate Englishmen : Or, A Faithful Narrative of the Distresses and Adventures of John Cockburn, and Five Other English Mariners, Viz. Thomas Rounce, John Holland, Richard Banister, John Balmain, and Thomas Robinson; who Were Taken by a Spanish Guarda Costa, and Set on Shore at Porto Cavallo, Naked and Wounded. Containing a Journey Over Land from the Gulf of Honduras to the Great South Sea ... as Also, an Account of the Manners and Customs of the Several Indians Inhabiting a Tract of Territory of 2400 Miles in Extent; Particularly of Their Conduct Towards the Spanish and English

Central America

Author - John Cockburn (mariner.)
Publisher -
Pages - 168
ISBN -


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The unfortunate englishmen or a faithful narrative of the distresses and adventures of John Cockburn :

Author - John Cockburn
Publisher -
Pages -
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The Englishman's Boy :

Fiction

Author - Guy Vanderhaeghe
Publisher - Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Pages - 352
ISBN - 1555849210


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Detail - Originally published in 1996, The Englishman’s Boy is the first in a Guy Vanderhaeghe trilogy that includes the nationally bestselling novel The Last Crossing, with the third book due to be published next year. By far his most successful book in his native Canada, The Englishman’s Boy expertly depicts an American West where greed and deception act side by side with honor and strength. In 1920s Hollywood, elusive movie studio owner Damon Ira Chance is obsessed with making pictures rooted in American history and experience, with the poetry of fact. So when he discovers that one of the most popular bit players in the Westerns is a real-life tin god—the last buffalo of the old West, Shorty McAdoo—he commissions an ambitious young screenwriter named Harry Vincent to hunt Shorty down and retell his story. Richly textured and evocative, this is an unforgettable story about power, greed, and the pull of dreams. At once an intensely original character study and a hugely entertaining page-turner, The Englishman’s Boy is a gritty, resonant novel of timeless beauty and insight.

Mimi's Ghost :

Fiction

Author - Tim Parks
Publisher - Arcade Publishing
Pages - 314
ISBN - 9781559706025


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Detail - After kidnapping and killing his ex-fiancTe, Mimi, Morris Duckworth cannot live with himself, or the questions festering around her death, in the sequel to Juggling the Stars. Reprint.