John Lawton’s debut novel: a stunning, WWII thriller introducing Scotland Yard Detective Sergeant Troy. “A delightful, intelligent, involving book” (Scott Turow).
The first of the Inspector Troy novels, Black Out singularly captures the realities of wartime London, weaving them into a riveting drama that encapsulates the uncertainty of Europe at the dawn of the postwar era.
London, 1944. While the Luftwaffe makes its final assault on the already battered British capital, Londoners rush through the streets, seeking underground shelter in the midst of the city’s black out. When the panic subsides, other things begin to surface along with London’s war-worn citizens . . .
A severed arm is discovered by a group of children playing at an East End bomb site, and when Scotland Yard’s Det. Sgt. Frederick Troy arrives at the scene, it becomes apparent that the dismembered body is not the work of a V-1 rocket. After Troy manages to link the severed arm to the disappearance of a refugee scientist from Nazi Germany, America’s newest intelligence agency, the OSS, decides to get involved. The son of a titled Russian émigré, Troy is forced to leave the London he knows and enter a corrupt world of bloody consequences, stateless refugees, and mysterious women as he unearths a chain of secrets leading straight to the Allied high command.
“An exciting, fast-moving mystery set against the backdrop of the London blitz in 1944.” —Booklis
Lawton's debut thriller concerns conspiracy and murder in London during the Blitz.
A great read
Excellent, with a good blend of historical times and personalities. It reads easily except for some lengthy sections that appear to have little to do with the main thrust of the novel. I find Troy’s family too contrived, but I find him to be a fascinating psychological character. He has an almost total focus on his query, whether he thinks the person(s) is guilty or not. He breaks the law willingly with few second thoughts. His relationships with most people are superficial, but most don’t view him that way at all. He moves through his environment like a shadow not showing who he really is. I definitely enjoy Lawton’s books and this is a worthwhile read.