The Company of Strangers

by Robert Wilson

1944: Andrea Aspinall, mathematician and spy, disappears under a new identity into the torrid summer streets 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 annnihilation.

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.

In The Company of Strangers, award-winning novelist Robert Wilson takes the ironies of Cold War espionage to a new and more poignantly human level, as he shows that when the head and the heart come into confrontation, the heart will always win.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780156027106
  • ISBN-10: 0156027100
  • Pages: 496
  • Publication Date: 11/01/2002
  • Carton Quantity: 32

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  • About the Book

    The stifling summer streets of Lisbon are teeming with spies and informers when Andrea Aspinall, an English mathematician turned spy, disappears under a new identity. Military attaché Karl Voss, experienced in the illusions of intrigue, arrives in Lisbon under the German Legation, though he is secretly working against the Nazis so that atomic and rocket technology do not find their way into Hitler's hands.

    In the lethal tranquility of a corrupted paradise Andrea and Karl meet and attempt to find love. Tragically, a night of violence leaves Andrea the keeper of a secret that triggers a lifelong addiction to the clandestine world. From Portugal to England and finally Cold War Berlin, she gradually discovers that the deepest secrets aren't held by governments, but by those closest to you.

    Award-winning novelist Robert Wilson transcends the genre of spy novels in The Company of Strangers, a thrilling page-turner yet also an imaginative and affecting tale of romance.

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    PRAISE FOR THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS
    "[The Company of Strangers] is streets ahead of most other thrillers."-The Times (London)

    "A plotter's delight . . . [Wilson] creates an intriguing moral maze for his heroine to negotiate."-The Guardian (London)

    PRAISE FOR A SMALL DEATH IN LISBON
    Winner of the Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel

    "Robert Wilson's A Small Death in Lisbon turns a local murder case into a taut international thriller . . . with considerable, nailbaiting skill."-Time

    "A tour de force."-Los Angeles Times

    "Historically sprawling, richly distilled thriller . . . The whole is a suspenseful, intricately plotted, violent and steamy tale. You will turn the last page of this compelling novel out of breath."-The New York Times
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