Synopses & Reviews
International espionage and hardcore detective work make for a dangerous combination in this dazzling novel set in 1950s London, from the acclaimed international bestselling author of Messiah.
Its the height of the Cold War, and as the Great Fog rolls in over London, a man meets his death in the icy shallows of the Long Water. Some say he was just drunk, wandering through Hyde Park. But for Scotland Yards new detective, Herbert Smith, the body will lead to a far more interesting trail when its discovered that the young victims death was no accident. He was a biochemist, and just hours before he died he had claimed to be in possession of a secret that could change the world. Smith tried to turn his back on the murky world of spies when he traded in his job at MI5, but now hes being tailed again, thinly veiled threats emerge, and Scotland Yard cannot insulate him against an underworld of international conspiracies. The CIA, the KGB, and even MI5 had every reason to want the dead mans secret, even kill for it. As the body count climbs, its clear that each time Smith inches closer to the truth, he gets closer to his own perilous demise.
An evocative, gritty, realistic page-turner full of fascinating historical details and brilliant plot twists, Visibility marks a spine-tingling new achievement in Cold War thrillers.
"At the start of this smart, intriguing puzzle from British author Starling (Vodka), Herbert Smith, 'once of the British Army, latterly of MI5' and now a detective with 'the Metropolitan Police's Murder Squad,' draws the case of a drowned man found in a Hyde Park pond. Normally, this would be a rare occurrence, but it's 1952 and London is gripped in a fog so miasmic that stumbling into a pond can easily be written off as a simple accident. It's not, of course, and Smith's investigations bring him into contact with a scientist who possesses a secret that will change the future; a beautiful, blind police diver, Hannah Mortimer; several Russian spies; British turncoats; and a Nazi so reviled that even today his name evokes absolute evil. Where most thriller writers plumb the depths of imagination for their earth-shattering secrets, Starling does just the opposite by employing the reality of history. It's a difficult trick, but once again he pulls it off with panache." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In the aftermath of a suspicious drowning of a biochemist in 1950s London, new Scotland Yard detective and former MI5 agent Herbert Smith learns that the victim possessed knowledge with the potential to change the world, information that is desperately wanted by the CIA, the KGB, and Smith's former employers. By the author of Vodka.
An evocative, gritty, and realistic page-turner full of international espionage and brilliant plot twists, "Visibility" marks a spine-tingling new achievement in Cold War thrillers.
About the Author
Boris Starling is the author of the acclaimed recent novel Vodka as well as two New York Times extended-list bestsellers, Storm and Messiah. He has worked for a corporation that specializes in kidnap negotiations and confidential investigations, and he was a reporter for Englands The Sun and The Daily Telegraph.