Stained Glass (novel)

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Stained Glass
Stained Glass Cover.jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author William F. Buckley, Jr.
Country United States
Language English
Series Blackford Oakes
Genre Spy thriller, espionage
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
April 7, 1978
Media type Print, 8vo
Pages 252 pp
Awards National Book Award
ISBN 9781581824629
Preceded by Saving the Queen
Followed by Who's on First

Stained Glass is an American spy thriller novel by William F. Buckley, Jr., the second of eleven novels in the Blackford Oakes series.[1] Its first paperback edition won a 1980 National Book Award in the one-year category Mystery (paperback).[2][Note 1]


Oakes's second assignment sends him to West Germany. There, he is infiltrated into the inner-circle of a charismatic and heroic nobleman, Count Wintergrin, who intends to run for the West German Chancellorship on platform of immediate re-unification with East Germany. Although this is ultimately in the interest of the Western Powers and NATO, the threat of Soviet invasion of West Europe means that Oakes must prevent Wintergrin's election, by whatever means necessary. Set in 1953.


  1. ^ From 1980 to 1983 in National Book Award history there were dual awards for hardcover and paperback books in many categories. Most all of the paperback award-winners were reprints, including this one.
  1. ^ "Stained Glass". Kirkus Reviews. April 1, 1978. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "National Book Awards - 1980". National Book Foundation. 1980. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  • Buckley, Jr., William F. (1978). Stained Glass. Garden City: Doubleday. ISBN 9781581824629. 
  • Buckley, Jr., William F. (1995). The Blackford Oakes Reader. Kansas City: Andrews and McMeel. ISBN 9780836280982.