John Lawton, Black Out

ImageJohn Lawton’s Inspector Troy novels seem to be racier versions of Alan Furst’s suspense-filled explorations of the lives of spies in Eastern Europe before the Second World War (only Lawton’s universe is a bit more chequered than Furst’s so the bad guys are often – at least nominally – on the Allied side.) Black Out involves the discovery of a body in a bombed-out site in wartime London which leads to a tale of international intrigue, atomic spying and Troy’s ending up in bed with at least two women who are implicated in a series of murders. (This was the part of the novel I liked least, actually. It seemed reckless and also rather stupid of him, and I just kept wishing he’d keep his pants on!)

(Read on March 19, 2010)

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