“Smart and gracefully written . . . It has been Lawton’s achievement to capture, in first-rate popular fiction, the courage and dramaand the widespread tomorrow-we-maydie exuberanceof that terrible and thrilling moment in twentieth-century history.” Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
An Inspector Troy Thriller
978-0-8021-4431-7 • $16.00 • Paperback • Sep. 2009
One of today’s top historical espionage writers, considered “as good as Le Carré” (Chicago Tribune) and “a master” (Rocky Mountain News), John Lawton adds another spellbinding thriller to his Inspector Troy series with Second Violin.
The sixth installment in the series, Lawton’s novel opens in 1938 with Europe on the brink of war. In London, Frederick Troy, newly promoted to the prestigious Murder Squad at Scotland Yard, is put in charge of rounding up a list of German and Italian “enemy aliens” that also includes Frederick’s brother, Rod, who learns upon receiving an internment letter that despite having grown up in England he is actually Austrian. Hundreds of men are herded by train to a neglected camp on the Isle of Man. And, as the bombs start falling on London, a murdered rabbi is found, then another, and another. Amidst great war, murder is what matters.
Moving from the Nazi-infested alleys of prewar Vienna to the bombed-out streets of 1940 London, and featuring an extraordinary cast of characters, Lawton’s latest thriller brings to life war-torn Londona city racked by paranoia, ravaged by violence, and yet still very much alive. In this uncommon thriller, John Lawton delivers a suspenseful and intelligent novel, as good a spy story as it is an historical narrative.