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Before Ian Fleming there was Dennis Wheatley. A best-selling spy novelist at the outset of World War II, Wheatley became a master of deception for Great Britain, turning pulp fiction fantasies into real-life espionage. Pulitzer Prize–winning author Tina Rosenberg tells the amazing true story of one man who applied the plots of his own novels to the battlefield—and changed the course of history.

August 2012 


"Fascinating."—San Francisco Chronicle 

“In D for Deception, one of our more remarkable Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists reveals a stunning spy story of massive historic and cultural impact. Dennis Wheatley was Britain’s most popular thriller writer in the 1930s, though his fiction is today mostly forgotten. Tina Rosenberg reveals Wheatley’s remarkable life as the mad genius in Winston Churchill’s bunker. Much of his story has been obscured, but thanks to Rosenberg, we can see him clearly now. And marvel. D for Deception will change the way you look at our past—and our present.”
—James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor and Mad Dogs

"Tina Rosenberg's D for Deception shines a light on the curious wartime career of British thriller-writer Dennis Wheatley—it's a fascinating topic, deeply researched and brilliantly told. I enjoyed it immensely."—Jeremy Duns, author of The Dark Chronicles