Waiting for Sunrise - A Novel-logo

Waiting for Sunrise - A Novel

William Boyd

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 off a chain of events that steadily dismantles Lysander's life as he knows it. He returns to a London on the cusp of war, hoping to win back his onetime fiancée and banish from memory his traumatic ordeals abroad, but Vienna haunts him at every turn. The men who helped coordinate his escape recruit him to carry out the brutal murder of a complete stranger. His lover from Vienna shows up nonchalantly at a party, ready to resume their liaison. Unable to live an ordinary existence, he is plunged into the dangerous theater of wartime intelligence-a world of sex, scandal, and spies, where lines of truth and deception blur with every waking day. Lysander must now discover the key to a secret code that is threatening Britain's safety, and use all his skills to keep this murky world of suspicion and betrayal from invading every corner of his life. Moving from Vienna to London's West End, from the battlefields of France to hotel rooms in Geneva, Waiting for Sunrise is a mesmerizing journey into the human psyche, a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe, a plot-twisting thriller, and a literary tour de force.

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 off a chain of events that steadily dismantles Lysander's life as he knows it. He returns to a London on the cusp of war, hoping to win back his onetime fiancée and banish from memory his traumatic ordeals abroad, but Vienna haunts him at every turn. The men who helped coordinate his escape recruit him to carry out the brutal murder of a complete stranger. His lover from Vienna shows up nonchalantly at a party, ready to resume their liaison. Unable to live an ordinary existence, he is plunged into the dangerous theater of wartime intelligence-a world of sex, scandal, and spies, where lines of truth and deception blur with every waking day. Lysander must now discover the key to a secret code that is threatening Britain's safety, and use all his skills to keep this murky world of suspicion and betrayal from invading every corner of his life. Moving from Vienna to London's West End, from the battlefields of France to hotel rooms in Geneva, Waiting for Sunrise is a mesmerizing journey into the human psyche, a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe, a plot-twisting thriller, and a literary tour de force.
More Information

Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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 off a chain of events that steadily dismantles Lysander's life as he knows it. He returns to a London on the cusp of war, hoping to win back his onetime fiancée and banish from memory his traumatic ordeals abroad, but Vienna haunts him at every turn. The men who helped coordinate his escape recruit him to carry out the brutal murder of a complete stranger. His lover from Vienna shows up nonchalantly at a party, ready to resume their liaison. Unable to live an ordinary existence, he is plunged into the dangerous theater of wartime intelligence-a world of sex, scandal, and spies, where lines of truth and deception blur with every waking day. Lysander must now discover the key to a secret code that is threatening Britain's safety, and use all his skills to keep this murky world of suspicion and betrayal from invading every corner of his life. Moving from Vienna to London's West End, from the battlefields of France to hotel rooms in Geneva, Waiting for Sunrise is a mesmerizing journey into the human psyche, a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe, a plot-twisting thriller, and a literary tour de force.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Ian MacKenzie

Length:

13h 9m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

13:33


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

10:53


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:34


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:46


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

17:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

15:06


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

26:30


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:26


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:32


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

34:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:37


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:54


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:58


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:02


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

18:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

16:48


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:52


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:38


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

19:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

10:05


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

22:48


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:20


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:54


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:16


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

14:17


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

31:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

24:39


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

10:06


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

19:14


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

11:19


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

15:47


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

34:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

21:41


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

18:20


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:34


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

13:08


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:05


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:35


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

10:27


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

17:34


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:45


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:02


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

29:32


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

10:44


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

10:22


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

17:00


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:44


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

14:27


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

21:31


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:45