“Few novelists have given me more pleasure in recent years than John Lawton. . . . Lawton writes with such style, intelligence, irreverence, political sophistication and keen understanding of the strengths, weaknesses and glorious eccentricities of his fellow Brits.” Patrick Anderson, Washington Post
An Inspector Troy Thriller
978-0-8021-4230-6 • $12.00 • Paperback • Feb. 2006
John Lawton is considered “a potent storyteller” who is in “the first rank of British popular fiction” (cnn.com). His series of espionage thrillers featuring Chief Inspector Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard have been praised for their riveting, ingenious plot twists and their uncanny ability to place readers in the thick of history. Now, in Flesh Wounds, an old flame has returned to Troy’s life: Kitty Stilton, now wife of an American presidential hopeful, has come back to London, and with her, an unwelcome guest. Private eye Joey Rork has been hired to make sure Kitty’s amorous liaisons with a rat-pack crooner don’t ruin her husband’s political career. He wants to know why Kitty has been spotted with Danny Ryan, whose twin brothers, in addition to owning one of London’s hottest jazz clubs, are said to have inherited the crime empire of fallen mobster Alf Marx. Before Rork can find out, he meets a gruesome end. And he isn’t the only one: bodies have started turning up around London, dismembered in the same bizarre and horrifying way. Is it possible that the blood trail leads back to Troy’s own police force and into Troy’s own forgotten past? Flesh Wounds is a compulsively readable thriller that finds one of our most able storytellers at the height of his game.