Waiting for Sunrise

Waiting for Sunrise

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Vienna, 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor in town seeking psychotherapy for a troubling ailment of a sexual nature, becomes caught up in a feverish affair with a beautiful, enigmatic woman. When she goes to the police to press charges of rape, however, he is stunned, and his few months of passion come to an abrupt end. Only a carefully plotted escape—with the help of two mysterious British diplomats—saves him from trial.

But the frenzied getaway sets… (more)

Editorial reviews (3 reviews)


Although the novel suffers from a few too many coincidences and a too-leisurely pace, Boyd [...] does an admirable job evoking the sensuality of avant-garde Vienna, battlefield horrors and the early days of British spycraft

This arresting opening to “Waiting for Sunrise,” a tantalizing, fast-paced spy novel by the prolific William Boyd, reminded me of the first book I read by this curiously engaging author, roughly 20 years ago

In the early pages of “Waiting for Sunrise,” William Boyd’s cunning tale of espionage in World War I, a Viennese soldier warns Lysander Rief, the book’s naive hero, not to be fooled by the apparent placidity of the Austrian capital. Below the surface, he warns, flows a powerful “river of sex,” capable of sweeping away anyone who wades too deeply into its waters.

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Book Details  


Publisher: HarperCollins (April 17, 2012)

Collection: Harper

Format: EPUB

Page count: 368 pages

File size: 1.6 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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