By Tom Black, Jack Tindale
Harold Wilson ruled British politics for nearly 20 years. His political ability observed him make strong enemies and sour competitors, either contained in the Labour occasion and out. Conspiracy theorists, a few in very excessive locations, even circulated rumours that he used to be an agent of the Soviet Union. in fact, in fact, there has been now not a shred of fact to those malicious claims.
But what if there had been?
In Agent Lavender, Harold Wilson flees Whitehall at the hours of darkness, with MI5 and the police quickly in scorching pursuit. occurring in overdue 1975 in a Britain weary of exchange union disputes and afraid of army coups, the institution needs to movement fast to revive order with no showing heavy-handed. yet however, the best Minister has simply been outed as a communist spy…
Part-historical epic, part-pulpy mystery, and that includes a cavalcade of Seventies public figures from Enoch Powell and Gerald Ford to Jack Jones and Michael Bentine, Agent Lavender takes readers right into a maelstrom of intrigue, civil disobedience, satire, chilly conflict tensions, and downright farce.
The winner of 8 Turtledove Awards together with most sensible tale, most sensible chilly battle Timeline and a number of top personality awards, this acclaimed trade historical past novel blends politics with espionage and provides a sprinkle of the absurd.
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Wilson was now leaning forwards, his jaundiced nose almost touching the screen. The acrid tobacco smoke was obscuring Haines’ vision, but it was clear that the Prime Minister was less interested in the rhetoric than in the picture. Despite everything, Wilson’s eyes had not lost any of their characteristic sparkle as they focused intently on the figure on the podium below the watchful eyes of the UN Secretary General. Generalissimo Franco was still dead, but Harold Wilson, it appeared, was very much still alive.
Where the bloody hell was Harold? Where two had been, now stood twenty. Sergeant Gooch’s discovery of a pistol on the second man had automatically shunted the crime scene to the top of the priority list. Against all his reservations, he could admit to a certain childish glee at the situation that took him back to childhood when the Germans had been the most likely invaders of the Norfolk countryside. The chap from ballistics, who had arrived from Norwich twenty minutes ago, was slowly turning the gun around in his white-gloved fingers, giving him the impression of a homicidal snooker referee.
That there are concerns in Whitehall and around the nation that Mr Wilson is in fact in the pay of a foreign power. There is a degree of–” Mountbatten held up a hand to interrupt. “Nonsense and rumour. Scaremongering. ” King leant forward, his eyes shining with excitement now. “But consider it again, in light of all the evidence. Here we have a man who is supremely intelligent, we must accept that. The finest First Class degree in Oxford’s history. A skilled politician who manoeuvred his way into the Labour leadership, and then Downing Street, through an expert understanding of the media.
Agent Lavender: The Flight of Harold Wilson by Tom Black, Jack Tindale