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£8.99
Published
5 March 2024
Paperback
978-1-913083-11-3
Ebook
978-1-913083-12-0
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By David Downing:

 

‘A superb sequence of spy novels’ THE TIMES

1953. Stalin is dead and John Russell’s days as a double agent for the USSR and the USA are behind him. Now the British journalist lives a quiet life in Los Angeles with his actress wife, Effi, and their daughter, while around them the McCarthy-era hearings are closing in on Hollywood.

But someone is following Russell. Is it because of his research into American firms that collaborated with Nazi Germany? Or his earlier espionage work? Or something else? The answer takes John and Effi back to Berlin, now a city divided, where the fight for Stalin’s succession is on.

The latest chapter in the John Russell series, David Downing’s Union Station is a superbly evocative Cold War thriller.

Old Street Publishing Union Station paperback

‘A superb sequence of spy novels’ THE TIMES

1953. Stalin is dead and John Russell’s days as a double agent for the USSR and the USA are behind him. Now the British journalist lives a quiet life in Los Angeles with his actress wife, Effi, and their daughter, while around them the McCarthy-era hearings are closing in on Hollywood.

But someone is following Russell. Is it because of his research into American firms that collaborated with Nazi Germany? Or his earlier espionage work? Or something else? The answer takes John and Effi back to Berlin, now a city divided, where the fight for Stalin’s succession is on.

The latest chapter in the John Russell series, David Downing’s Union Station is a superbly evocative Cold War thriller.

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'Enthralling … A first-rate espionage novel'
William Boyd

 
 
  • 'The new threats John Russell encounters are as real as those of earlier years, and again John must risk his life to help friends old and new flee totalitarian rule. Mr Downing proves as skillful as ever in depicting this treacherous milieu'
    Wall Street Journal
  • ‘One can only marvel at his talent for infusing such a rangy cast of characters with nuance and soul’
    New York Times
  • ‘In the elite company of literary spy masters Alan Furst and Philip Kerr’
    Washington Post
  • ‘Epic in scope, Downing’s “Station” cycle creates a fictional universe rich with an historian’s expertise, but rendered with literary style and heart’
    Wall Street Journal
  • ‘Superb . . . tight, intelligent plots full of moral ambiguities and a cast of shadowy characters for whom deception is as natural as breathing. The atmosphere of espionage is wonderfully conveyed’
    The Times
 
 

David Downing is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction. Zoo Station, the first novel featuring Berlin-based journalist John Russell, was published by Old Street in 2007 and became a word-of-mouth bestseller. Seven further ‘station’ novels ensued, covering the Nazis’ rise to power, the Second World War and its aftermath.