It is Paris, 1939. Twenty-eight year old Eva Delectorskaya is at the funeral of her beloved younger brother. A stranger, Lucas Romer is a patrician looking Englishman with a secretive air and a persuasive manner. Romer recruits Eva and soon she is traveling to Scotland to be trained as a spy and work for his underground network.
Three decades on and Eva has buried her dangerous history. She is now Sally Gilmartin, a respectable English widow, living in a picturesque Cotswold village. No one, not even her daughter Ruth, knows her real identity. But once a spy, always a spy....
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"A vividly drawn portrait of a minor figure in spydom caught up in the epic events leading up to WWII." - PW.
"A somewhat clumsy narrative enlivened by some expertly generated suspense." - Booklist.
"A bit light on action and intrigue, but a cool, collected effort. " - Kirkus.
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Born in Accra, Ghana, in 1952, William Boyd grew up there and in Nigeria. He attended the universities of Nice and Glasgow as well as Jesus College, Oxford, studying French, English and Philosophy. He was also a lecturer in English Literature at St. Hilda's College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and has been presented with honorary Doctorates in Literature from four other institutions.
William Boyd is the author of eleven novels, including A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Literary Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Booker prize; Any Human Heart, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet; and Restless, winner of the Costa ...
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