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  - RussellBittner - LibraryThing

Luck is a recurring theme in Boyd’s work (if what I’ve read of his to date is any indication – viz., Any Human Heart; Nat Tate – An American Artist; Fascination; Ordinary Thunderstorms; and now ... Read full review

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User Review  - nvellis01 - LibraryThing

This story gets off to a slow start and is hampered by an over use of language. The pace eventually picks up (or you get used to its plodding) and an inventive plot develops. The cast of characters in entertaining, the red herrings full of fun. All in all this was an enjoyable story. Read full review

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WILLIAM BOYD is 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 Prize and finalist 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; Waiting for Sunrise; and the James Bond novel Solo, among other books. He lives in London.

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