The Lover

Author(s): Laura Wilson


In war-torn London a 'Blackout Ripper' is at work...


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A terrifying psychological thriller set during World War II from one of the most talented and distinctive voices working in the genre. Shortlisted for both the CWA Gold Dagger and the Ellis Peters Dagger Awards 'A gritty work of imagination that has the ache and authenticity of the real thing' Literary Review. 'Laura Wilson is one of those crime writers who breaks every boundary in the genre; she steps wholeheartedly into the ranks of genuine literary writing while never losing the ability to tell vital, lively, give-me-more stories' Manda Scott. 'Plausible and menacing ... Wilson remains a fine, fluent writer, following no one, marking out her own patch' Literary Review. 'This is a must-read for lovers of both historical and crime fiction' Mo Hayder 'The writing is graceful and intelligent, all the characters are well presented and distinct and one puts the book down eager for the next' Sunday Times. 'A breathtaking read, from a distinctive writer' Manchester Evening News. 'Wilson effortlessly moves into the exclusive Rendell, Walters and Fyfield club' Guardian. 'The writing is spare and without a wasted word. This book has real class' Sunday Telegraph.

'The uneasy atmosphere of blackout London is finely conveyed, the dark alleys, the crowded air-raid shelters, the forced cheerfulness and the ever present threat provide the perfect setting. The many moral and socio-sexual issues embedded here never distract from the total effect of this gripping novel.' NEWBOOKSMAG

Laura Wilson was brought up in London and has degrees in English Literature from Somerville College, Oxford and UCL, London. She has worked briefly and ingloriously as a teacher, and more successfully as an editor of non-fiction books. She has written history books for children and is interested in history, particularly of the recent past, painting and sculpture, uninhabited buildings, underground structures, cemeteries and time capsules. She lives with her partner and their basset hound in North Essex. Her first novel A LITTLE DEATH was shortlisted for both the CWA Ellis Peters and the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original. A THOUSAND LIES was shortlisted for the 2006 Duncan Lawrie Dagger. THE LOVER won the 2004 Prix du Polar Europeen for Best Crime Novel of the Year In Translation and was also shortlisted for the 2004 Gold Dagger and the Ellis Peters Award.

General Fields

  • : 9780752864174
  • : orion
  • : orion
  • : April 2005
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Laura Wilson
  • : Paperback
  • : 823.914
  • : 368