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Ian McEwan is back with a masterpiece to equal Atonement,
entwining espionage and love in a thrilling new novel.
Serena Frome, the beautiful mathematician daughter of an Anglican
bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year
at Cambridge before taking a job with MI5 in London. The year is
1972: Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart
by industrial unrest and terrorism; the Cold War has entered a
moribund phase but the fight goes on and British Intelligence
hesitates at little to influence hearts and minds. MI5 sends
Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, on a secret mission that
brings her to Tom Healy, a promising young writer. First she loves
his stories, then she begins to love the man. Can she maintain the
fiction of her undercover life? What is deception and who is
deceiving whom? To answer these questions, Serena must abandon the
first rule of espionage--trust no one. Ian McEwan''s mastery is
more dazzling than ever in this superb story of intrigue,
love...and mutual betrayal.