The Girl in Berlin

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"This is a clever, well-written, and carefully plotted novel in which class, hypocrisy, moral corruption, treachery, and taboos ancient and modern are cunningly interwoven."—The Times

Summer, 1951. Two suspected spies, Burgess and Maclean, have disappeared, and the nation is obsessed with their whereabouts.

Speculation is at fever pitch when Colin Harris, a member of the Communist Party who has been in Germany for several years, turns up to see...

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Overview

"This is a clever, well-written, and carefully plotted novel in which class, hypocrisy, moral corruption, treachery, and taboos ancient and modern are cunningly interwoven."—The Times

Summer, 1951. Two suspected spies, Burgess and Maclean, have disappeared, and the nation is obsessed with their whereabouts.

Speculation is at fever pitch when Colin Harris, a member of the Communist Party who has been in Germany for several years, turns up to see his old friends Dinah and Alan Wentworth. He has news: he has fallen in love with a girl in East Berlin, and is coming home—with her—for good. Meanwhile, Jack McGovern, who sometimes feels like the only decent man in Special Branch, has a rendezvous with a real spy. Miles Kingdom thinks there's a mole at MI5, and he wants McGovern's help.

A novel about secrets, betrayal, and unearthing the truth, The Girl in Berlin is a reminder that when nothing is as it seems, no one can be trusted—even those you think you know best.

Elizabeth Wilson is an independent researcher and writer best known for her commentaries on feminism and popular culture. She is currently a visiting professor at the London College of Fashion. Her novels The Twilight Hour and War Damage are also published by Serpent's Tail.

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Publishers Weekly
★ 08/19/2013
British author Wilson masterfully uses misdirection and distraction in this clever tale of espionage and morality, a marked improvement over her two earlier post-WWII novels, The Twilight Hour and War Damage. In 1951, as Britain reacts in shock to the disappearance of suspected Soviet moles Burgess and Maclean, disgraced Communist Party member Colin Harris returns to London from his sojourn in East Berlin, where his activities attracted the attention of the intelligence community. Meanwhile, Jack McGovern of Special Branch, a product of the left-wing working class, is recruited for a counter-intelligence operation: a hunt for a suspected mole that will drag him to East Berlin. There, McGovern will be lucky not to join the mounting list of murder victims. Grand themes of global conflict prove to be mere background for a myriad of personal agendas, as the innocent are sacrificed for expediency and the powerful kid themselves that their days of reckoning will never arrive. Agent: Faith Evans, Faith Evans Associates (U.K.). (Oct.)
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"…Wilson masterfully uses misdirection and distraction in this clever tale of espionage and morality…" -Publishers Weekly

“Wilson does a fine job of evoking the creepy paranoia of the early Cold War years—subtexts humming under every exchange, duplicity seeming to breed in the rubble. A must for fans of the superb BBC drama The Hour.” -Booklist

“…taut and intricate period piece, enthusiastically recommended for fans of mystery and suspense.” -Midwest Bookreview

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846688270
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail Publishing Ltd
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,170,026
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


An independent researcher and writer best known for her commentaries on feminism and popular culture, Elizabeth Wilson is currently Visiting Professor at the London College of Fashion. She is the author of several non-fiction books. Her novels The Twilight Hour [9781852424770] and War Damage [9781846686504] are also published by Serpent's Tail.
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