Introducing new fiction by Joyce Wayne

Last Night of the World



Last Night of the World is the first Canadian historical novel whose central figure is a Canadian woman spy.


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Publication date: April 2018



Last Night of the World weaves a story of impossible choices told by real-life Soviet agent Freda Linton. She and other intriguing characters, whose actions unleashed the Cold War, fight for their survival in the cloak and dagger atmosphere of World War II. Mainly set in Ottawa, a Soviet espionage cell attempts to steal the plans for the atomic bomb from the Americans. The characters are: Igor Gouzenko, the cipher clerk who stole top secret cables from the Soviet Embassy and defected; Fred Rose, the first and only elected member of the Canadian Communist Party to the House of Commons; John Grierson, the founding director of the National Film Board; and the master British double-agent of the Cold War, Kim Philby.

It all makes for a gripping spy story of massive international implications and with the main action set in Canada

Similar to the desperate lives of the illegals in the television series The Americans, this suspenseful novel is based on the activities of Canadian-based spies, and their handlers, who try to outwit the Canadian government. Like Elizabeth and Philip in The Americans, Wayne’s characters find themselves not only pitted against Western nations, but also against Stalin’s obsession to become a nuclear power.

Praise for last Night of the World, by Joyce Wayne

“Joyce Wayne’s Last Night of the World does a masterful job of capturing a riveting chapter of
Canadian Cold War history and bringing to life one of its most fascinating and enigmatic figures.
Last Night of the World is a page-turning gem of historical fiction.”

–Max Wallace, New York Times bestselling author of the 2017 book, In the Name of Humanity.


“Joyce Wayne has a unique perch from which she can see the world as it really is.”

–Joe Kertes, Winner of the U.S. National Jewish Book Award for Fiction.

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