A love history! Hah! Who would’ve thought?
Espionage is what gives the plot live, but at the end of the day, Robert Wilson has delivered a beautiful yet dark and almost depressive romance novel between spies.
“A Small death in Lisbon”, also of Robert Wilson, is still one of my favourite crime books ever, and I am glad that “The Company of Strangers”, though also based in Lisbon, is not just a sequel or amble in the genre. This book is completely different from the previous mentioned and therefore it is hard for me to compare, but if you put a gun in my temple, I would say “A Small…” is better, yet if you ask me, you should read everything this author has written.
… And then again, Robert Wilson is not for everybody. Don’t get me wrong thinking that his plots are too complex for the average beach readers or that I am a very smart guy. No, not that. But his books are very dark, and deal with the real evilness of people. His heroes in both “A Small…” and “The Company…” are the kind of heroes that at the end you wish them all the goodness in the world, but unfortunately, English writer Robert Wilson, doesn’t like Hollywood endings…
A very gifted writers… I am a fan!
PS. This is my second novel involving espionage. The other one was “The Eye of the Needle” of Ken Follett. Quite different in quality regarding writing style, suspense and plot. All in all, this novel is at least ten times better. At least!