Two Norwegians are murdered in the Soviet wilderness, setting off a web of intrigue in this “consistently superior” Cold War spy thriller (Chicago Tribune).
In this “galloping good read” that blends “Stephen King horror and Ingmar Bergman darkness,” Jan Johansen heads to Finland on a seemingly routine intelligence operation—but when he and his companion wander over the Russian border, they are gunned down in cold blood (The Washington Post Book World).
Halvard Starheim, an experienced explorer and Jan’s good friend, is determined to find out what went wrong. He is joined by Jan’s beautiful widow and a journalist, who is hiding his own dangerous secret. Their journey will slowly undercover an international conspiracy—and lead to a terrifying showdown in the freezing Arctic winter.
Interweaving the stories of these three characters and revealing the complex political tensions in the region where northern Europe meets the USSR, the international bestselling author of Unforgotten and Homeland offers a suspenseful tale of adventure and espionage: “The classically structured spy thriller has rarely been better done” (The New York Times).
“A tour-de-force . . . Not a twist, not a turn is wasted . . . Consistently superior!” —Chicago Tribune
“Stephen King horror and Ingmar Bergman darkness . . . A galloping good read . . . Perfect for the dark nights in the dead of winter.” —The Washington Post Book World
“Espionage and treachery. Plenty of action, intriguing politics, sturdy heroics, chilling atmosphere.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Wolf Winter has romance, adventure, and suspense. . . . Highly recommended.” —Library Journal
“A magnificent read. Move over Fredrick Forsyth and Hammond Innes.” —The Sunday Telegraph
“Like a series of dominos, Francis sets meticulous plot lines, lush descriptions and highly colored characters in place for an exhilarating finale on the icy reaches of the high plateau.” —Publishers Weekly
Clare Francis (b. 1946) is a bestselling writer of crime novels and thrillers, and a former yachtswoman. After studying at the Royal Ballet School and University College London, she set off on an unplanned five-year career in sailing. Francis sailed solo across the Atlantic, and took part in several high-profile races, including the Whitbread Round the World Race. After writing three works of nonfiction about her adventures, she started writing novels. Her first novel, Night Sky, was a number one Sunday Times bestseller and spent six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. More thrillers followed, and her first crime novel, Deceit, was dramatized for television. Since then she has written crime, suspense, and historical literary fiction. Her books have been translated into twenty languages and published in over thirty countries. Francis is a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a Fellow of University College London, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. For the past eighteen years she has been committed to the charity Action for ME, and she herself has had ME (also known as post viral fatigue syndrome, or chronic fatigue syndrome) for many years. Francis lives in London and the Isle of Wight.