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The Interrogator by Andrew Williams

The Interrogator

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Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2009.

Judges’ comments: Serious, well-written and thoroughly researched world war two drama. Seamlessly interweaves real historical events with flawlessly imagined characters at a critical moment in British history.

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The Interrogator by Andrew Williams

Spring, 1941. The armies of the Reich are masters of Europe. Britain stands alone, dependent on her battered navy for survival, while Hitler's submarines -- his 'grey wolves' - prey on the Atlantic convoys that are the country's only lifeline. Lieutenant Douglas Lindsay is amongst just a handful of men picked up when his ship is torpedoed. Unable to free himself from the memories of that night at sea, he becomes an interrogator with naval intelligence, questioning captured U-Boat crews. He is convinced the Germans have broken British naval codes, but he's a lone voice, a damaged outsider, and his superiors begin to wonder - can he really be trusted when so much is at stake? As the Blitz reduces Britain's cities to rubble and losses at sea mount, Lindsay becomes increasingly isolated and desperate. No one will believe him, not even his lover, Mary Henderson, who works at the very heart of the intelligence establishment. Lindsay decides to risk all in one last throw of the dice, setting a trap for his prize captive - and nemisis - U-Boat Commander Jurgen Mohr, the man who sent his ship to its doom...


Pride of place for the best debut of the year goes to Andrew Williams for his World War II evokes the war-time world of code-breaking and naval intelligenc ewith exceptional flair.... For a first novel, this is a stand out performance, and marks Williams out as a star of the future...' * Daily Mail * 'This complex and well-written book offers a fascinating insight into a little-explored area of the conduct of war' * Lincolnshire Echo * 'A gripping thriller ... confidently researched and cheekily written' * Deadly Pleasures * 'An interesting slant on the war hero ... this is a first rate debut, highly recommended' - * Bookseller * Utterly convincing...atmospheric...He keeps this book involving, suspenseful and fascinating to the end, and it is a remarkable first novel * Crime Time and Blogspot/Michael Carlson * Utterly convincing...atmospheric...He keeps this book involving, suspenseful and fascinating to the end, and it is a remarkable first novel Review * Crime Time and Blogspot/ Michael Carlson * 'A gripping thriller ... confidently researched and cheekily written' * Deadly Pleasures * 'An interesting slant on the war hero ... this is a first rate debut, highly recommended' * Bookseller * The action in this story moves along at a good pace, and the dialogue and characters are believable * Nautical Magazine * 'A gripping thriller ... confidently researched and cheekily written' * Deadly Pleasures * 'This is a terrific first novel with the best description I have ever read of the noise of the explosion that occurred when HMS Loyalty, on which I was serving, was torpedoed on 22nd August, 1944' * Driffield Leader * A 'ripping yarn' * Adelaide Advertiser (Australia) * 'An interesting slant on the war hero... this is a first-rate debut, highly recommended' * Bookseller * 'An excellent job...this 375-page hardback provides one of the best reads I have enjoyed for a long time. Worth every penny' * Dover Express & Folkestone Herald * 'Not only is this a gripping thriller ... but (it) is confidently researched and cheekily written enough to include a cameo role for that real life Naval Intelligence officer of the day, a certain Ian Fleming.' * Shots * 'This atmospheric first novel makes good use of different viewpoints ... maintaining the excitement and sense of mystery even though the reader knows how the story must end' * Morning Star * 'Introduces tension by lingering on the rough justice meted out by German prisoners of war' * Herald * 'Andrew Williams
The Interrogator is an exciting, pacy Second World War novel with a clever twist

...' * Andrew Roberts, Daily Telegraph * 'The tensions within the intelligence community simmer excitingly ... his dialogue is energetic, and he is armed with a real passion for these events. Events are never absurd or melodramatic, and the characters are damaged, driven and fallible ... this is gripping stuff. Williams has put his knowledge to work, and any reader will emerge from this debut entertained and half-amazed at a terrific, mostly untold story' * Bill Greenwell, Independent * 'One of the most gripping books I have read for some time' * The Times * 'Andrew Williams's debut novel The Interrogator has a flair, grasp of detail, and strong characterisation that reminds me uncannily of Robert Harris's best-seller Enigma, and there's no higher praise . . . This is a terrific first novel. Harris had better watch out' * Daily Mail *

About the Author

Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams is an acclaimed BBC drama documentary producer and the author of two bestselling non-fiction books: The Battle of the Atlantic and D-Day to Berlin. The Interrogator is his first novel.

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6th August 2009


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John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division


400 pages


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