Waiting For Sunrise

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Harper Collins, Apr 24, 2012 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Vienna, 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor in town seeking psychotherapy for a troubling ailment, becomes caught up in a feverish affair with a beautiful, enigmatic woman. When she presses rape charges, however, he is mystified. Only a carefully plotted escape—with the help of two mysterious British diplomats—saves him from trial.

The frenzied getaway sets off a chain of events that dismantles Rief ’s life. He returns to London, hoping to banish from memory his traumatic ordeals abroad, but soon the men who helped coordinate his escape recruit him to carry out the murder of a complete stranger. His lover from Vienna arrives nonchalantly at a party, ready to resume their liaison, and before he can stop to consider where these events are leading, Rief finds himself on the trail of a traitor—a man whose bizarre connection to his own family proves a cruel twist of fate.

Waiting for Sunrise is more than a page-turning thriller—it’s a riveting investigation of the limits of loyalty, the power of deception and the unpredictable events that can change the course of a person’s life.

 

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User Review  - Iambookish - LibraryThing

2.5 I so wanted to like this book but for me the whole thing just dragged. I had a very hard time finishing it because of the lack of movement in the story. From time to time there would be a glimmer of something great but then it would go back to a slow crawl. Read full review

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User Review  - siri51 - LibraryThing

Was a good story until it got to torture scenes - this ruthlessness from the main character was surprising as a novice spy. I stopped reading. Read full review

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A NOTE ON THE AUTHOR
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William Boyd is also the author of A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys War Prize and short-listed for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year; Ordinary Thunderstorms; and Waiting for Sunrise, among other books. He lives in London.

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