A Novel

Book - 2002
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From the bestselling author of Headlong , a mesmerizing novel about secrecy, imagination, and a child's game turned deadly earnest

The sudden trace of a disturbing, forgotten aroma compels Stephen Wheatley to return to the site of a dimly remembered but troubling childhood summer in wartime London. As he pieces together his scattered images, we are brought back to a quiet, suburan street where two boys, Keith and his sidekick-Stephen-are engaged in their own version of the war effort: spying on the neighbors, recording their movements, ferreting out their secrets.

But when Keith utters six shocking words, the boys' game of espionage takes a sinister and unintended turn. A wife's simple errands and a family's ordinary rituals-once the focus of childish speculation-become the tragic elements of adult catastrophe.

In gripping prose, charged with emotional intensity, Spies reaches into the moral confusion of youth to reveal a reality filled with deceptions and betrayals, where the bonds of friendship, marriage, and family are unravelled by cowardice and erotic desire. Master illusionist Michael Frayn powerfully demonstrates, yet again, that what appears to be happening in front of our eyes often turns out to be something we can't see at all.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805070583
Branch Call Number: F Fra


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AL_ANNAL Jan 09, 2017

Setting (WWII London neighborhood), characters (working class), and plot (coming of age story) are perfectly drawn. A sense of foreboding and mystery will keep you turning the pages.

Jul 20, 2013

The writing is superb along with a storyline that keeps you reading even though its about a young boy living in a small town who describes his adventure during one summer during WWII. SImply delightful time spent with an author. I will read more of his books.


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