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The Douglas Kennedy Reader's Companion

A Collection of Excerpts

A glorious sampling of eight amazing novels by the #1 internationally bestselling author Douglas Kennedy—Five Days, The Moment, Leaving the World, The Woman in the Fifth, Temptation, State of the Union, A Special Relationship, and The Pursuit of Happiness.

Photograph by Christine Ury

Douglas Kennedy is the author of eleven previous novels, including the international bestsellers The Moment and Five Days. His work has been translated into twenty-two languages, and in 2007 he received the French decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He divides his time among London, New York, and Montreal, and has two children. Find out more at

“A passionate love story-cum-spy-thriller set amid the secretsand shadows of Cold War era Berlin.”

– People

"Smart, stylish, and emotionally penetrating. Kennedy is a master storyteller, who never fails to keep you gripped until the last page."

– Sarah Dunant, New York Times bestselling author of Sacred Hearts

"Classic Kennedy... extraordinarily compelling... Kennedy handles a morally complex, yet also surprisingly satisfying, ending with consummate skill, proving what a master he is."

– Daily Mirror (London)

“Kennedy is such a nimble storyteller... the pages fly.”

– Entertainment Weekly

“The story is sit-up-until-3am readable, and the wide-ranging cast of highly individual characters is beautifully handled.”

– Sunday Times (London)

“Kennedy’s impressive achievement is his narrator Sally, whose turbulent emotions he conveys with an unusual depth of understanding.”

– Times Literary Supplement (London)

“An engrossing novel that transcends decades.... It's a spellbinding but tragic read that you should not miss.”

– The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK)

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