The Secret Service

Wendy
Walker

Description

A Modern Masterpiece

Walker
Wendy
The Secret Service
[vi], 459, [7] pp
8vo
[Los Angeles]
Sun & Moon Press
1992
First edition. Sun & Moon Classics 20
Pctorial wrappers. Signed by the author on the title page. As new
Wessells, Conversation 58
310016

Walker’s brilliant novel tells the story of an elaborate nineteenth-century catholic conspiracy against the english monarchy, complete with dastardly continental noblemen — aesthetes of prodigious sophistication and guile — and a mysterious heiress sequestered in a tower impregnable. Walker’s astonishing conceit is that the three principal British agents of the eponymous secret service have the capacity to transform themselves into objects, the better to spy upon the conspirators. The great underrated book of the 1990s, a work of astonish- ing complexity that grows more interesting with each reading.