Second Violin

Second Violin

Book - 2007
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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 Austrian-born. 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 pre-war Vienna to the bombed out streets of 1940 London, and featuring an extraordinary cast of characters, Lawton's latest brings to life war-torn London. In this uncommon thriller, John Lawton delivers a suspenseful and intelligent novel, as a good a spy story as it is an historical narrative.
Publisher: New York : Grove/Atlantic, c2007.
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780871139917
087113991X
Branch Call Number: FIC Lawto
Characteristics: 419 pages

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Jun 02, 2017

This book lost me by about page 200 when it expected me to become engaged with yet another new character and its milieu. Despite a blending of historical fact (WW II) and invented situations that the author does in very short episodes, I could not sustain interest in the book as a whole.

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