The Company of Strangers by Robert Wilson

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Stunning European-based thriller from an acclaimed young British author: ‘A class act’ – Sunday Times; ‘First in a field of one’ – Literary Review

Lisbon 1944. In the torrid summer heat, as the streets of the capital seethe with spies and informers, the endgame of the Intelligence war is being silently fought.

Andrea Aspinall, mathematician and spy, enters this sophisticated world through a wealthy household in Estoril. Karl Voss, military attaché to the German Legation, has arrived embittered by his implication in the murder of a Reichsminister and traumatized by Stalingrad, on a mission to rescue Germany from annihilation. In the lethal tranquility of this corrupted paradise they meet and attempt to find love in a world where no-one can be believed.

After a night of extreme violence, Andrea is left with a lifelong addiction to the clandestine world that leads her from the brutal Portuguese fascist régime to the paranoia of Cold War Germany, where she is forced to make the final and the hardest choice.

 

About Robert Wilson

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Robert Wilson has spent several years in West Africa, and he drew on this experience for his Bruce Medway novels. He and his wife now live in Portugal, where The Company of Strangers is partly set.
 
Published November 1, 2002 by Mariner Books. 481 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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In the second, shorter part—which begins 24 years later with another round of deaths and Andrea’s recruitment once more to the life she thought she’d left behind when she’s sent to East Germany on a new mission for a new set of masters—Wilson overplays his hand, and the requisite plot twists upse...

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This tense thriller from the author of A Small Death in Lisbon (2000) mixes mathematics with wartime intrigue to fine effect. British intelligence hires Andrea A

Jul 30 2001 | Read Full Review of The Company of Strangers

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The narrative spans the years from WWII to glasnost and the collapse of the Berlin Wall, yet for all the inevitable social commentary the novel remains at heart a conventional sociopolitical thriller with strong echoes of le Carré, Ambler, Deighton and others—not to mention Gravity's Rainbow.

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Time Out New York

Deftly skirting the dangers of improvisation, this touching and gently humorous film maroons a group of septuagenarian women (and their younger black minder) in an isolated farmhouse, where they while away the time talking about their families, working lives and past loves, and their hopes and fe...

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Variety

Beth Webber is an 80-year-old woman who looks 50 and never stops worrying about looking old.

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