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The Company of Strangers (2001)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0156027100, Paperback)Robert Wilson, whose award-winning A Small Death in Lisbon broke him out as an international thriller writer in the Ambler, le Carré, and Furst tradition, scores with this exceptionally well-plotted novel of wartime intrigue in England and Portugal. Andrea Aspinall, a brilliant young British mathematician, is recruited by the British Secret Service and put through a rush course in spycraft before being sent to Lisbon, where she quickly falls in love with a disenchanted German agent and, in less than two weeks, manages to lose her virginity, unmask a conspiracy, and interrupt Germany's plan to build the first atomic bomb. The action covers a long time span--from the early years of Word War II to the era of glasnost, when Andrea, now an Oxford mathematician long retired from spying, encounters the man she once loved and lost. Karl Voss has become an East German double agent who's bent on revealing the Russian mole in England's service. The narrative wanders a bit, but the strong, spare writing and deft characterization set this apart as one of the year's better international espionage novels, one that should introduce Wilson to a bigger audience. --Jane Adams
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"1944: Andrea Aspinall, mathematician and spy, disappears under a new identity into the torrid summer streeets of Lisbon that seethe with spies and informers. The Germans have made advances in atomic and rocket technology and the Allies are determined that the ultimate secret weapon will not become a reality in Nazi hands." "Karl Voss, already experienced in the illusions of intrigue, arrives in Lisbon as military attache to the German Legation. There he begins his subversive work against the Nazi regime to rescue his country from annihilation." "In the lethal tranquility of a corrupted paradise, Andrea and Karl meet and attempt to find love in a world where no one can be believed. After a night of terrible violence, Andrea is left with a secret that provokes a lifelong addiction to the clandestine world. In Lisbon, London, and, finally, Cold War Berlin, she gradually discovers that the deepest secrets aren't held by governments but by those closest to you."--BOOK JACKET.
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