The Spider of Sarajevo

Robert Wilton

RRP: £8.99

5 November 2015

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781782391944

RRP: £18.99

28 June 2014

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781782391913

RRP: £7.99

28 June 2014

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781782391937

From the winner of the Historical Writers’ Association/Goldsboro Crown Award for Historical Debut Fiction.

‘A tour de force of delicate, intricate, glorious spy craft…’ M.C. Scott

From the secret archives of the Comptrollerate-General for Scrutiny and Survey

Summer 1914: Europe is on the brink. As Britain’s enemies grow stronger, the Comptroller-General must confront the man with whom he has struggled for a generation – a man he knows only as the Spider. In a desperate gamble, he sends four agents out across the continent, on a mission they do not understand…

The future of British intelligence – of the British Empire – is in their hands. Not all of them will return. Unique and resourceful, hunted and deceived, they have embarked on a journey that will climax in the town of Sarajevo on the 28th of June 1914.


The Spider of Sarajevo is a tour de force of delicate, intricate, glorious spy craft... The depth of passion and intellect shines from the page... If you only read one novel about the Great War this year, make it this oneM.C. Scott

Robert Wilton is one of the smartest novelists we have. A touch of Conrad, more than a dash of Buchan... and a daring prose style that can set you blinking and thinking. Simply brilliantJohn Lawton

A learned, beautifully written, elegant spy thrillerMarcel Berlins
The Times

[A] very rewarding work of historical spy fiction... intelligent and interesting... The comptrollerate-general is a brilliant invention

Nick Rennison
BBC History magazine

Fascinating history, exciting narrative and a wonderfully gripping (true) yarn
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