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Black Out

Written by ‘a sublimely elegant historical novelist as addictive as crack’ – Daily Telegraph

The first book in John Lawton’s Inspector Troy series, selected by Time magazine as one of ‘Six Detective Series to Savour’ alongside Michael Connelly and Donna Leon.

The Blitz, London, 1944.

As the Luftwaffe make their last desperate assault on the city, Londoners take to the shelters once again and eagerly await the signal for D-Day. In the East End children lead police to a charred, dismembered corpse buried in a bombsite. The victim is German and it soon becomes clear that this is no ordinary murder.

For Russian emigré Detective-Sergeant Troy it is the start of a manhunt which will lead him into a world of military intelligence and corruption in high places; a manhunt in which Troy is both the hunter and the hunted.

A Little White Death

Written by ‘a sublimely elegant historical novelist as addictive as crack’ (Daily Telegraph), the Inspector Troy series is perfect for fans of Le Carré, Philip Kerr and Alan Furst.

1963.

England is a country set to explode but Troy, now Britain’s most senior police detective, is fighting his own battle against ill-health. While he is on medical leave, the Yard brings charges against an acquaintance of his, a hedonistic doctor with a penchant for voyeurism and young women, two of whom just happen to be sleeping with a senior man at the Foreign Office as well as a KGB agent.

But on the eve of the verdict a curious double case of suicide drags Troy back into active duty. Beyond bedroom acrobatics, the secret affairs now stretch to double crosses and deals in the halls of power, not to mention murder.

Riptide

Written by ‘a sublimely elegant historical novelist as addictive as crack’ (Daily Telegraph), the Inspector Troy series is perfect for fans of Le Carré, Philip Kerr and Alan Furst.

1941.

After ten years spying for the Americans, Wolfgang Stahl disappears during a Berlin air raid. The Germans think he’s dead. The British know he’s not. But where is he?

MI6 convince US Intelligence that Stahl will head for London, and so Captain Cal Cormack, a shy American ‘aristocrat’, is teamed with Chief Inspector Stilton of Stepney, fat, fifty and convivial. Between them they scour London, a city awash with spivs and refugees.

When things start to go terribly wrong, ditched by MI6 and disowned by his embassy, Cal is introduced to his one last hope – Sergeant Troy of Scotland Yard…

Blue Rondo

Written by ‘a sublimely elegant historical novelist as addictive as crack’ (Daily Telegraph), the Inspector Troy series is perfect for fans of Le Carré, Philip Kerr and Alan Furst.

1959.

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 don’t ruin her husband’s political career. But before Rork can dig any dirt, he meets a gruesome end…

But he isn’t the only one, and with the body-count mounting is it possible that the blood trail leads back to Troy’s police force and into his own forgotten past?

Second Violin

Written by ‘a sublimely elegant historical novelist as addictive as crack’ (Daily Telegraph), the Inspector Troy series is perfect for fans of Le Carré, Philip Kerr and Alan Furst.

1938.

The Germans take Vienna without a shot being fired. Covering Austria for the English press is a young journalist named Rod Troy. Back home his younger brother joins the CID as a detective constable.

Two years later tensions are rising and ‘enemy aliens’ are rounded up in London for internment. In the midst of the chaos London’s most prominent rabbis are being picked off one by one and Troy must race to stop the killer.

The Bastille Spy

Shortlisted for the HWA Gold Crown 2020
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From the bestselling e-book sensation of The Thief Taker series comes a thrilling and sumptuous novel set during the early days of the French Revolution.

‘A rip-roaring adventure.’ Tessa Harris, author of the Dr Thomas Silkstone Mysteries

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The year is 1789 and revolution is in the air.

Attica Morgan – a rebellious and resourceful English spy – is laying low after an abortive mission. So when she’s offered a pardon in return for solving a gruesome murder in Paris, she jumps at the chance to redeem herself.

Once in the city, it becomes clear that tensions have risen to breaking point and the citizens are on the cusp of revolt. And, as she investigates, Attica uncovers a plot that leads her from the sewers of Paris to the court of Marie Antoinette. She quickly realises that she’s in a race to save more lives than her own before the revolution takes its bloody turn…

‘Incredible! It’s the best action adventure novel I’ve ever read… A fantastic achievement that has blown me away with its ingenuity, scope and breathless pace.’ Louise Voss, author of the Detective Lennon series

The Scarlet Code

Amazon reviewers love The Scarlet Code!

‘A rollicking good tale’

‘Thoroughly enjoyable, highly recommend’


‘Exciting, swashbuckling adventure’


‘Everything you could want from an adventure thriller: excitement, a fabulously endearing heroine and pirate to fall in love with, a cruel killer and… well-written historical detail. Superb.’

1789. The Bastille has fallen…

As Parisians pick souvenirs from the rubble, a killer stalks the lawless streets. His victims are female aristocrats. His executions use the most terrible methods of the ancient regime.

English spy Attica Morgan is laying low in Paris, helping nobles escape. When her next charge falls victim to the killer’s twisted machinations, Attica realises she alone can unmask him. But now it seems his deadly sights are set on her.

As the city prisons empty, and a mob mobilises to storm Versailles, finding a dangerous criminal is never going to be easy. Attica’s only hope is to enlist her old ally, reformed pirate Jemmy Avery, to track the killer though his revolutionary haunts. But even with a pirate and her fast knife, it seems Attica might not manage to stay alive.

‘A rip-roaring adventure’ Tessa Harris on The Bastille Spy