“John Lawton is so captivating a storyteller that I’d happily hear him out on any subject. . . . Meticulous artistry . . . The Chekhovian echo brilliantly captures the end-of-days significance of every sordid indictment in this sprawling story.” Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
A Little White Death
An Inspector Troy Thriller
978-0-8021-4290-0 • $15.00 • Paperback • Mar. 2007
The latest novel from the master spy novelist John Lawton follows Inspector Troy, now Scotland Yard’s chief detective, deep into a scandal reminiscent of the infamous Profumo affair.
England in 1963 is a country set to explode. The old guard, shocked by the habits of the war baby youth, sets out to fight back. The battle reaches uncomfortably close to Troy. While he is on medical leave, the Yard brings charges against an acquaintance of his, a hedonistic doctor with a penchant for voyeurism and young women, two of whom just happen to
be sleeping with a senior man at the Foreign Office as well as a KGB agent.
But on the eve of the verdict a curious double case of suicide drags Troy back into active duty. Beyond bedroom acrobatics, the secret affairs now stretch to double crosses and deals in the halls of power, not to mention murder. It’s all Troy can do to stay afloat in a country immersed in drugs and up to its neck in scandal.