John Lawton finds himself in the same boat as the late Patrick O'Brian - a sublimely elegant historical novelist as addictive as crack but overlooked by too many readers for too long.
Admirable, ambitious and haunting, this is the sort of thriller that defies categorisation. I look forward with enthusiasm to the next one.
John Lawton's books contain such a wealth of period detail, character description and background information that they are lifted out of any category. Every word is enriched by the author's sophistication and irreverent intelligence, by his meticulous research and his wit.
Wonderfully captures the atmosphere of wartime London... original and entertaining.
This fine novel repeatedly brings to mind le Carré - for its elegance and style, its intricate suspenseful plot, [and] its intimate knowledge of a seemingly shattered time and place... A delightful, intelligent, involving book.
This is a strange, thoughtful, quiet, intelligent spellbinder of a book, penetrating the very heart of betrayal.
An early candidate for Thumping Good Thriller of the Year . . . No angst, no darkness, just the joy of a plot racing along in overdrive.
A splash of Greene, a twist of Deighton, a small measure of history - Lawton has produced a thrilling cocktail.