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The Wire


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ISBN 10: 0091673704 / ISBN 13: 9780091673703
Published by Arrow Books, Limited, London, United Kingdom, 1988
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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Title: The Wire

Publisher: Arrow Books, Limited, London, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Fearing that the Kremlin and the Polish government have not done enough to curb Solidarity, the KGB need a pretext for a Soviet invasion. Their mole, known as "The Wire", must discredit both Solidarity and the American government. This Cold War thriller was written by an ITN foreign correspondent.

From Publishers Weekly:

In a brilliant fiction debut, British journalist Gowing portrays bravery, terror and tragedy during the time, in 1981, when martial law was imposed in Poland. Furious with what he considers the inadequately brutal repression of Solidarity, KGB chief Andropov orders the assassination of Gen. Jaruzelskia step that would also help him grab the presidency after the death of gravely ill Brezhnev. But the plan necessitates keeping the Kremlin in the dark, and ensuring that Jaruzelski's elimination looks like the work of the CIA. To pull it off, Andropov activates a KGB "mole" in Solidarity, and the plot unfolds against the desperate fight of Polish activists to withstand torture at the hands of the secret police, and betrayal of informersor "wires"in their midst. Many in this novel, ostensibly loyal to Solidarity, are not what they seem. Their deceptions, along with the studied realism of the narrative, make for bristling suspense and a climax of great irony and power. This provocative thriller should be one of the year's stand-outs.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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