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
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.
The Red House follows a year in the life of Russian diplomat Vladimir Zhukov, the new Second Secretary at the Soviet Embassy in Washington – a ‘good Communist’ in 1960s America.
Seeing what life in the West is really like, he discovers there is more to American than what Soviet propaganda has taught him. Increasingly intrigued by the Washington circuit, from outspoken confrontation between diplomats to the uninhibited sexual alliances arrange by their wives with other diplomats, the capitalist ‘poison’ begins to work on him and his wife.
As he struggles to remain loyal to his country and begins to question who is the real enemy, he has to decide to whom is first loyalty due: country or lover, party or conscience.
‘A gripping and topical novel’ Reading Chronicle
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
Each year a nucleus of the wealthiest and most influential members of the Western world meet to discuss the future of the world’s superpowers at a secret conference called Bilderberg.
A glamorous millionaire just sighting loneliness from the foothills of middle age ... a French industrialist whose wealth matches his masochism and meanness ... a whizz-kid of the seventies conducting a life-long affair with diamonds, these are just three of the Bilderbergers who have grown to confuse position with invulnerability. A mistake which could prove lethal when a crazed assassin is on the loose...
‘Lambert certainly keeps the action moving with surprise plot twists thrown in every now and again to unsettle the reader’
Liverpool Daily Post
‘Could put ideas into the head of many a spy’ Sunday Telegraph
‘An exciting novel’ Derby Evening Telegraph
‘A demanding but entirely satisfying read’ Coventry Evening Telegraph
As the Soviet space-shuttle Dove orbits 150 miles above the earth on its maiden flight, Warsaw Pact troops crash into Poland.
The seventy-two-year-old President of America wants to be re-elected, and for that he needs to win the first stage of the war in space: he needs to capture the Soviet space shuttle. But as the President plans his coup a nuclear-armed shuttle speeds towards target America – and only defection in space can stop it.
‘Writing as crisp as the Moscow winter ... the Soviet setting is magically evocative’ New York Times
‘Lambert, author of many intelligent political thrillers, has another in this fastpaced, complex, and timely novel. Highly recommended’ Library Journal
‘A most satisfying thriller with a highly dramatic finish’ Publishers Weekly
The Trans-Siberian Express has left Moscow carrying the most powerful, closely guarded man in the Soviet Union – and also the man who plans to kidnap him.
Tension aboard the train is at a maximum. The KGB has checked and double checked. But as Vasily Yermakov, the Soviet leader, tries to sleep on the first night in his cabin, he has an uneasy feeling that something is about to go wrong.
‘An exciting new development – not only of Derek Lambert’s skills, but of the thriller too!’ Len Deighton
‘Exciting’ New York Times Book Review
‘Hugely entertaining’ Manchester Guardian
‘A timely and gripping thriller’ Publishers Weekly
‘Bursting with action’ Evening Standard
‘A taut and fast-moving thriller that reeks with authenticity’ Coventry Evening Telegraph
‘Quite superb ... It deserves to be a best-seller’ Leslie Thomas