Today’s featured book is The Midnight Swimmer by Edward Wilson.
Why I chose this book:
Third novel featuring fictional British spy William Catesby. An extremely well-executed example of how to work history into the plot of a book, in this case, the Cold War era. An excellent study for any writer wanting to mine the historical thriller subgenre (or any genre, for that matter, where history plays a part of the plot).
Spawned in the bleak poverty of an East Anglian fishing port, Catesby is a spy with a big anti-establishment chip on his shoulder. He loves his country, but despises the class who run it. Loathed by the Americans and trusted by the Russians, Catesby is sent to negotiate a secret deal with Moscow to break the Cuban Missile Crisis deadlock. But before that can happen, Catesby meets the Midnight Swimmer, who has a chilling message for Washington. A sophisticated novel, full of twists and turns that merge historical fact with fiction.
“Outstanding third novel. . . Wilson is a master at working the history of the period-the Cuban missile crisis in particular-into his intricate tale of high political drama and deadly action.” –Publishers Weekly
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– Clay Stafford, Founder of Killer Nashville