Cold War novel is let down by uneven plot

His Coldest Winter, by Derek Beaven, Fourth Estate, €23.

26th March, 2005

His Coldest Winter, by Derek Beaven, Fourth Estate, €23.

Derek Beaven's fourth novel is a moral drama set during the Cold War. While it shows him to be a master of evoking atmosphere, its uneven plot and vague characterisation make it a less than thrilling thriller.

The novel is set in the record freeze of the 1962-1963 winter in a rapidly industrialising village outside London. It opens on a frozen highway as Allen Rae, 17...

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