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Hammer to Fall (Hardback)

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It's London, the swinging sixties, and by rights MI6 spy Joe Wilderness should be having as good a time as James Bond. But alas, in the wake of an embarrassing disaster for MI6, Wilderness has been posted to remote northern Finland in a cultural exchange program to promote Britain abroad. Bored by his work, with nothing to spy on, Wilderness finds another way to make money: smuggling vodka across the border into the USSR. He strikes a deal with old KGB pal Kostya, who explains to him there is a vodka shortage in the Soviet Union - but there is something fishy about Kostya's sudden appearance in Finland and intelligence from London points to a connection to cobalt mining in the region, a critical component in the casing of the atomic bomb. Wilderness's posting is getting more interesting by the minute, but more dangerous too.



Moving from the no-man's-land of Cold War Finland to the wild days of the Prague Spring, and populated by old friends (including Inspector Troy) and old enemies alike, Hammer to Fall is a gripping tale of deception and skulduggery, of art and politics, a page-turning story of the always riveting life of the British spy.

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersPolitical / legal thrillerFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press Publication Date: 02/04/2020 ISBN-13: 9781611856354  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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John Lawton worked for Channel 4 for many years, and, among many others, produced Harold Pinter's O Superman, the least-watched most-argued-over programme of the 90s. He has written eight novels in the Inspector Troy series, three Joe Wilderness novels, the standalone Sweet Sunday, a couple of short stories and the occasional essay. He writes very slowly and almost entirely on the hoof in the USA or Italy, but professes to be a resident of a tiny village in the Derbyshire Peak District.

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Customer Reviews

An enjoyable Cold War spy tale. This is the third Joe Wilderness spy novel, I hadn't read the other two, but that didn't matter - this works well as a standalone book. Hammer to Fall starts off in East Berlin, 1948 and jumps forwards and backwards between the fifties and sixties. Some of the places covered are Berlin, London, Vienna and quite a bit of Finland. You need to keep your wits about you and concentrate on this one! Having said that, I really enjoyed this book - I liked the writing style, with some short and some longer chapters and the book being spilt into separate sections; the main character Joe Wilderness was immediately likeable, and the supporting cast were all strongly written. I could easily visualise scenes as they happened. I would definitely recommend this if you enjoy Cold War spy stories. I'm planning to seek out the first and second in the series now...

- 03/06/2020
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