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The Dark Clouds Shining

The Dark Clouds Shining by David Downing
Hardcover
Apr 10, 2018 | 384 Pages
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Praise

A LitHub Most Anticipated Crime, Mystery, and Thriller Title of 2018

Praise for The Dark Clouds Shining

“[A] fitting conclusion to [Downing’s] superior quartet of WWI-era spy thrillers . . . As always, Downing’s intelligently constructed characters complement a plausible and pulse-pounding plotline.” 
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Ending his series on a perfect tonic chord, Downing masterfully combines high adventure, Doctor 
Zhivago–caliber romance, and just the right amount of Graham Greene ambiguity.”
Booklist, Starred Review

“Intelligent and exhilarating.”
—The Seattle Times

Praise for the Jack McColl novels

“[Downing] is a master at bringing the past to life through the careful and often
loving observation of even minor players and through the artful deployment of specific detail. In addition, Jack McColl’s debut has a zest, an exoticism and a joie de vivre well-suited to an era when best sellers were being written by Zane Grey, suffragettes were demanding the vote, and opium parlors were a readily accessible temptation.”
The Wall Street Journal

“[A] splendid saga of espionage during the Great War . . . Downing is a master of action . . . [He] also slips in plenty of historical reality—women’s suffrage, revolutionary hopes, progressive politics, Irish nationalism—without ever losing sight of the story.”
—The Globe and Mail

“Engrossing . . . Comparisons to W. Somerset Maugham’s classic stories about Ashenden, another gentleman spy, are well deserved.”
The Seattle Times
 
“Downing reaffirms his place as one of the finest espionage writers with this engaging historical thriller.”
—Bruce Tierney, BookPage, Top Pick in Mystery
 
“A brilliant historical portrait and a captivating love story to boot. A remarkably engaging world tour of pre–World War One espionage featuring an honorable protagonist begging for a long series.”
—Lyndsay Faye, author of The Fatal Flame

“Moves along briskly and offers interesting facts about events now a century past.
It’s always entertaining.”
The Washington Post

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