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East of Suez, West of Charing Cross Road

John Lawton

RRP: £0.99

1 March 2018

Published by Grove Press

ISBN: 9781611859256

1963. While London is beginning to swing, George Horsfield has settled into a stultifying routine – pushing paperwork around at the War Office on behalf of the fading British Empire, then catching the 5.27 home from Waterloo for twin beds and Ovaltine. Until a case of mistaken identity leads him into a world of Russian spies, cash-stuffed envelopes and call girls who aren’t what they seem…

This elegant short story, imbued with the mordant wit and seamless period detail that characterise John Lawton’s work, shows once again why ‘Lawton’s up there with Philip Kerr and Alan Furst. Yes, he’s that good.’ (The Sun)