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British agent Joe Wilderness returns in "Lawton's ongoing recreation of Cold War chicanery... one of the great pleasures of modern spy fiction" (Mick Herron, award-winning author of the Slough House series). It's London, the swinging sixties, and by all rights, MI6 spy Joe Wilder...ness should be having as good a time as James Bond. But alas, his postings are more grim than glamorous. In the wake of an embarrassing disaster for MI6 in a divided Berlin, Wilderness is reprimanded with a posting to remote northern Finland under the guise of a cultural exchange program to promote Britain abroad. Bored by his work, with nothing to spy on, Wilderness strikes a deal with his old KGB pal Kostya to smuggle vodka into the USSR. But there is something fishy about why Kostya has suddenly turned up in Finland-and MI6 intelligence from London points to a connection with 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 skullduggery, of art and politics-a page-turning story of the always-riveting life of the British spy. "Lawton scores another hit." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A jaw-dropping finale that will leave readers palpitating for more." -Booklist (starred review) "A terrific thriller: fun, satisfying, and humane."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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