John Lawton’s second Inspector Troy novel is a riveting tale of murder and intrigue in World War II London
Bluffing Mr. Churchill
An Inspector Troy Thriller
978-0-8021-4555-0 • $14.00 • Paperback • Aug. 2012
The new installment in the highly acclaimed Inspector Troy series, a riveting spy novel of murder and intrigue in World War II London
With his highly acclaimed Inspector Troy series, John Lawton has earned a place among today’s top historical espionage writers. The Chicago Tribune has hailed him as “one of the unsung (at least until now) heroes of the genre, as good as Le Carré.”
It is April 1941. Since the Fall of France and the heroic evacuation of Dunkirk, Britain has stood alone against Nazi Germany. Hitler has not yet broken his nonaggression pact with Russia but could do so at any moment; and America is struggling to stay neutral in the face of Britain’s plight. With his cover as an SS officer blown, American spy Wolfgang Stahl has just fled Germany for parts unknown. Stahl’s liaison at the U.S. State Department, Calvin Cormack, must find his man before the Germans out him as an American operative. Is Stahl already dead, as the SS would have his protectors believe, or is he still alive and well, carrying intelligence that could change the course of history?
To find out, the sheltered, patrician Cormack is teamed with an unlikely partner: Special Branch officer Walter Stilton. Stilton is a hard-nosed cop and a meat-and-potatoes man whose family is his first loveand whose vivacious daughter Kitty proves to be more than Cormack can handle. But when things go horribly awry and Cal is ditched by MI6 and disowned by his embassy, Cormack’s last hope is Kitty’s old flame, Chief Inspector Troy of Scotland Yard.
The highly anticipated new installment in John Lawton’s acclaimed Inspector Troy series, Bluffing Mr. Churchill takes us from the shelled-out blocks to the ubiquitous pubs to the underground counterfeiting shops, brilliantly re-creating war-torn London in the time of ration books and food lines and offering a blistering page-turner that is “one of the most entertaining thrillers . . . in years” (Sunday Telegraph).