The Key to Rebecca

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Pan Books, 1998 - World War, 1939-1945 - 480 pages
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‘Our spy in Cairo is the greatest hero of them all...’ Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, September 1942

He is known to the Germans as ‘Sphinx’, to others as Alex Wolff, a European businessman. He arrives suddenly in Cairo from out of the desert, armed with a radio set, a lethal blade and a copy of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca – a ruthless man with a burning, relentless conviction that he will win at all costs.

The stakes are high, for the survival of the British campaign in North Africa is in the balance. Only Major William Vandam, an intelligence officer, and the beautiful courtesan Elene can put an end to Wolff’s brilliant clandestine reports of British troop movements and strategic plans..

As Rommel’s troops come closer to victory, Vandam edges nearer to Wolff and the crucial key. Follett builds tension and suspense to a nerve-tearing pitch as he follows the adversaries across the infernal desert to a confrontation which will determine who wins – and loses – in this deathly struggle.

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

To set the scene: it's 1942 in North Africa and the Germans are winning the Second Great War. Alexander Wolff is a clever yet psychotic man with a deep seeded grudge against the British. Born to look ... Read full review

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User Review  - 5hrdrive - LibraryThing

Utterly formulaic and predictable, but I did enjoy the stream of consciousness section in Chapter 26. All in all a plausible explanation for events in Egypt in 1942. Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Ken Follett was born in Wales, United Kingdom on June 5, 1949. He received an Honours degree in philosophy from University College, London. He began his career as a newspaper reporter for the South Wales Echo and later with the London Evening News. He decided to switch to publishing and worked for a small London publishing house, Everest Books, eventually becoming Deputy Managing Director. His first bestselling novel, Eye of the Needle, was published in 1978 and won the Edgar Award. His other works include Triple, The Key to Rebecca, The Man from St. Petersburg, Lay Down with Lions, The Pillars of the Earth, The Third Twin, The Hammer of Eden, Code to Zero, Whiteout, World Without End, and The Century Trilogy. Many of his novels have been adapted into films and television miniseries. He has won numerous awards including the Corine Prize in 2003 for Jackdaws. His nonfiction works include On Wings of Eagles.

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