The Fall of Man in Wilmslow

The Fall of Man in Wilmslow

Book - 2016 | First United States edition.
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From the author of the #1 best seller The Girl in the Spider's Web --an electrifying thriller that begins with Alan Turing's suicide and plunges into a post-war Britain of immeasurable repression, conformity and fear

June 8, 1954. Several English nationals have defected to the USSR, while a witch hunt for homosexuals rages across Britain. In these circumstances, no one is surprised when a mathematician by the name of Alan Turing is found dead in his home in the sleepy suburb of Wilmslow. It is widely assumed that he has committed suicide, unable to cope with the humiliation of a criminal conviction for gross indecency. But a young detective constable, Leonard Corell, who once dreamed of a career in higher mathematics, suspects greater forces are involved.

In the face of opposition from his superiors, he begins to assemble the pieces of a puzzle that lead him to one of the most closely guarded secrets of the war: the Bletchley Park operation to crack the Nazis' Enigma encryption code. Stumbling across evidence of Turing's genius, and sensing an escape from a narrow life, Corell begins to dig deeper. But in the paranoid, febrile atmosphere of the Cold War, loose cannons cannot be tolerated and Corell soon realizes he has much to learn about the dangers of forbidden knowledge.

He is also about to be rocked by two startling developments in his own life, one of which will find him targeted as a threat to national security.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 9781101946695
1101946695
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Goulding, George - Translator

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karenatterrace
Sep 03, 2018

Just finished David Lagercrantz' Fall of Man in Wilmslow, a fictional account of the investigation into the suicide of Alan Turing. If you are interested in Turing, math and/or computers, it is an interesting read!

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maipenrai
Oct 28, 2017

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Reckless6558
Sep 22, 2017

Pretty rugged reading. But fascinating biographical material mixed in to the plot in relation to Alan Turing. The author has done his research and turned up new information not revealed, for instance, in the movie The Imitation Game. But things do get bogged down in mathematical theory for long stretches. I skipped over that eventually. Did enjoy the protagonist, Leonard Corell, whom I was looking forward to seeing in a future novel. But the way the book ended, that probably won't happen. No, he had not passed away, just jumped ahead 30 years. Probably will look more into Alan Turing's life.

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ChaChaRobin
Jul 11, 2016

I thought that this book was brilliant. Initially I had my doubts about whether to finish it because it's a bit cerebral and inward-looking, but I pushed ahead. Midway through I was entirely captivated by the characters (especially Corell, the protagonist), the plot, and the portrayal of Alan Turing. I found the ending positively uplifting.

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CarolJJ
Sep 28, 2015

I like books which encourage me to read more about the characters or the era. This is one of them. It's heavy on math theory and other cerebral exercises that Alan Turing explored which I ploughed through. The story overall is good.

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