Vendetta

HarperCollins UK

A classic World War II novel from the bestselling thriller writer Derek Lambert.

For the beleaguered German and Russian armies there is no war beyond the carnage in the city’s grim skeleton, and the terrible winter at their heels. Desperate men need heroes to boost their morale: orders come from the very top for a duel between champion snipers Antonov the Russian, and Meister the German – a contest each must win. For the two marksmen there is now no war but the race to pin the other in their sights. And no other companion, either, than the stranger whose mind each must read. Dead heroes or living legends? Only time will tell.

‘The book is perfect. The horror of war is captured by the spare prose; the tension mounts, and the inevitable confrontation is uplifting in its outcome’ Daily Telegraph

‘Told me more than all the military historians ever could about the greatest battle of World War Two’ Daily Mail

‘Tense and gripping ... a most effective chiller’ British Book News

‘One is reminded of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness ... For those who like to be in the thick of it, this book is a must’ Surrey and South Middlesex Times

‘A good war story’ Kirkus Reviews

‘A unique tour de force ... poignant, cogent, a strong novel, suspenseful and fascinating, a novel not easily forgotten’ Florida Sun News

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About the author

Derek Lambert was born in 1929, and served in the RAF for two and a half years, before becoming a foreign correspondent, travelling the world to exotic locations that later inspired his novels. His travels gave him first-hand knowledge of his material and it was his authentic tales of espionage that made him a household name and bestselling author. He spent the later years of his life in Spain, where he died in 2001 at the age of 71.

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Publisher
HarperCollins UK
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Published on
May 17, 2018
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780008268497
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Political
Fiction / Thrillers / Espionage
Fiction / War & Military
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Derek Lambert
The landmark first novel by acclaimed Cold War thriller writer Derek Lambert.

Derek Lambert’s classic spy novel exposes the truth about the life of the Western community in post Stalin Moscow, and their existence in which tensions and hostility of the Soviet Union sometimes prove intolerable.

An American working for the US embassy and the CIA, a young Englishman at the British Embassy gradually cracking under the strain of Moscow life, and a member of the Twilight Brigade. In an alien land their lives become inextricably joined in a vivid and tense story of diplomats, traitors, Soviet secret police and espionage.

FROM DEREK LAMBERT’S OBITUARY IN THE TELEGRAPH:

‘His first novel, Angels in the Snow (1969), was the fruit of a year's posting in Moscow for the Daily Express. It contains a vivid picture of the western community in the Soviet capital. Under constant surveillance and cut off from ordinary Muscovites, the cautious diplomats and cynical journalists are shown bored and lonely with only the solace of drink and sex.

‘Its most touching portrait is of a drunken defector with a loving Russian wife, who was based on Len Wincott, a leader of the 1931 Invergordon naval mutiny. Lambert's ability to write taut dialogue and dramatic scenes encouraged a host of followers who, like him, came to realise that the espionage tale contained the essence of Cold War reality.

‘With a ready eye for drama, which gave his journalism and fiction its air of authenticity, Lambert smuggled his incomplete manuscript out of Russia in a wheelchair when he was invalided home with suspected rheumatic fever. He finished it on his battered Olivetti typewriter in a flat over a grocer's shop in Ballycotton, Co Cork, and earned himself the then impressive sum of £10,000, which set him firmly on his career as a novelist.’

‘A novel of terrific atmosphere’ Daily Express

‘Excitingly real’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Mr Lambert has written an eminently readable and poignant documentary novel. I predict that we shall hear a great deal more about him’ Sunday Express

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