The Cold War is in full swing but DCI Jack McGovern has more ... domestic concerns. London murder mystery from a queen of historical crime.
Praise for The Girl in Berlin:'A carefully plotted novel in which class, hypocrisy, moral corruption, treachery and taboos ancient and modern are cunningly interwoven ... a thoughtful, clever read with a twist at the end that makes you want to turn back the pages to wonder how you missed the clues
A fascinatingly detailed examination of vulnerable, all-too-human characters
Vividly evoking the seedy side of London against the background of the Cold War ... Wilson interweaves two plotlines effortlessly ... a mystery that's nothing like as traditional as it first appears.
Wilson wears her research well ... What marks Wilson out is the inner lives of her protagonists ... Detective Sergeant Jarrell is a hero for the future
At the more literary end of the crime/espionage genre, one of the most accomplished writers is Elizabeth Wilson ... combines glittering, dark-hued prose with levels of penetrating psychological insight the equal of her great predecessors in the field. Wilson's upwards trajectory continues here; the author is an academic with a speciality in popular culture, so it's no surprise that her storytelling ethos is so peerless. The picture of 1950s Britain has the usual confident sweep.
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