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Open Road + Grove/Atlantic, 7 февр. His thriller Black Out won a WH Smith Fresh Talent Award, A Little White Death was named a New York Times Notable Book, and his latest novel A Lily of the Field was named one of the best thrillers of the year by Marilyn Stasio of the New York Times.

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Written by 'a sublimely elegant historical novelist as addictive as crack'- Daily Telegraph. The Inspector Troy series is perfect for fans of Le Carre, Philip Kerr and Alan Furst. Khrushchev and Bulganin, leaders of the Soviet Union, are in Britain on an official visit. Chief Inspector Troy is assigned to be Khrushchev's bodyguard and to spy on him. Soon after, a Royal Navy diver is found dead and mutilated beyond recognition in Portsmouth Harbour.

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Scotland Yard’s Inspector Troy returns in a Cold War spy thriller hailed as stylish, sophisticated, suspenseful.

John Lawton (author). Novel: Old Flames (1996), Novel: Second Violin (2007)

John Lawton (author). 1949 (age 70–71) England. Novel: Old Flames (1996), Novel: Second Violin (2007). John Lawton is a television producer/director and author of ionage novels set primarily in Britain during World War II and the Cold War. Contents. Many of the biography pages within Lawton's books have a decidedly tongue-in-cheek bent with hobbies listed as the 'cultivation of the onion and obscure varieties of potato', or 'growing leeks'. Those close to him would stress that such descriptions are meant quite seriously.

Old Flames - Inspector Troy (Paperback). John Lawton (author). Sunday Times An early candidate for Thumping Good Thriller of the Year. No angst, no darkness, just the joy of a plot racing along in overdrive. Time Out A splash of Greene, a twist of Deighton, a small measure of history - Lawton has produced a thrilling cocktail

Old Flames is a riveting spy novel sparked by historical events, with a twisting, turning plot that The Sunday Times (London) declares a strange, thoughtful

com User, July 25, 2008. I actually contemplated calling in sick to stay home from work and finish this book. That is high praise indeed. Why did I find this book so compelling? First, Lawton's evocation of place.

ISBN 10: 0142003735 ISBN 13: 9780142003732. Publisher: Penguin Books, 2003.

Brilliantly evoking the intrigue of the Cold War and 1950s London, John LawtonÂ's thrilling sequel to Black Out takes Inspector Troy deep into the rotten heart of MI6, the distant days of his childhood, and the dangerous arms of an old flame: Larissa Tosca, late of the U.S. Army, later still of the KGB. It is April 1956, and an official visit to Britain by Soviet leaders Khrushchev and Bulganin is unexpectedly interrupted when a mutilated body is found under the hull of KhrushchevÂ's ship in Portsmouth Harbor. Is the dead man a Royal Navy diver or the corpse of Arnold Cockerell, a furniture salesman with a mysterious source of income? As the mystery deepens, the inexplicable murders continue, leading Troy to an unforgettable discovery.

I felt like I was being tortured, reading this novel. The plot - like a poorly trained hunting dog, constantly distracted by squirrels. The characters - could not keep track of who was who and why they were important. The sub-plots - good grief, how many rabbit holes can a reader go down, and still enjoy the novel?? The writing - and the historical connections - only reasons I gave it 3 stars. Left me hanging with Foxx - what happened to her in the end? After being so incredibly enamored with her, did Troy just let her walk out of his life??
This is the second 'Troy' I've read and I am ruing the fact that I have started them out of order as there are recurring characters and I knew what happened to several in this book as I had come across them before but anyway this is a great spy novel.

It starts with the discovery of a divers body that is believed to have been spying on a Russian ship in an English Harbour (loosely based on Buster Crabbe), Troy is brought in by the deceased diver's wife to prove that he is still alive.

From this the story branches out into international politics, corrupt Special Branch officers with Russian, American and UK Spies. Again lots of violence, the attention to detail by Lawton is stunning. He goes to the effort of describing what a railway workers voice sounds like even though the character has three words in the entire book.

Cover blurbs compare Lawton to Le Carre, I wouldn't say he was Le Carre's equal or close if you compare this book with the Smiley trilogy but he's very very good and I'm amazed he's not a top seller. Lawton is so much better than 95% of what are decribed as top thriller writers. Next please.
I think Lawton tried to do too much in this novel and the result was mostly a complicated yawner, with some good -- if unlikely -- excitement at the beginning and at the end. Understanding and enjoying this book depends to a large degree on having read Lawton's earlier book, "Black Out," since several of the key characters in this book also played important roles in the earlier. But still, this book vividly conveys the tone of life in post-War England, specifically the mid-50s when Khrushchev was stirring the world pot and England decided to invade Egypt. For my money, Lawton drifts away from the main plot too often. He calls on many characters to carry the load and soon you need a score card to tell who's who. Lawton is the equal, if not the better, of guys like Le Carre,Furst and Deighton, but I feel this book was not as good as its predecessor, "Black Out." But still good.
John Lawton is a fabulous storyteller and his hero, Frederick Troy a very believable and likable character. To make it even more interesting his stories are set against the backdrop of World War 2. We have murder during the London blitz and like Foyle of 'Foyle's War', Troy is not about to let the war intervene in ensuring that justice is done and the guilty are punished. He is the youngest son of Russian emigres who fled revolutionary Russia in 1905 and now live in relative privilege in England. His older brother is an MP. In this the second novel starring Troy, he is up against two very strong women who each hold deep fascination for him in terms of their positions, the danger of involvement with them because of the dubious company they keep and the lengths to which they will go to get what they want. Like all detective heroes, Troy gets his fair share of knocks to the head and bullets to the body. The intrigue and suspense will keep you hooked. Don't just get this one, download the whole series of which there are seven. If you like your detective fiction to have an historical context with all the extra intrigue of espionage and a hero who won't give up, then you won't be disappointed.
Lawton has written several "Inspector Troy" novels and "Old Flames" is the fifth in the series chronologically, but not as written by the author. For full enjoyment, if one wishes to read historically based crime novels, one should start with the first in order, "Second Violin" which is set in 1939, as subsequent novels will refer to events in previous novels. "Old Flames" is set in 1956. Lawton's novels are reasonably concise and deal more with the events of time (which are fact) than with the actual crime (which is fiction). The characters in the books are a mixture of real and unreal. I have found each of the five books to be entertaining and plan to buy the 6th in the series. My only complaint is that the author uses a fair amount of British slang, which to the uninitiated is somewhat difficult to parse.
The Inspetor Troy series continues to be one of my all-time favorites. Wonderfully written, they really take you into the atmosphere of the UK of the 40's and 50's. Old Flames is full of many familiar and a few new, quirky characters, yet it manages to still capture your full attention. What I found to be particularly entertaining in Old Flames is John Lawton's increasing use of British expressions. I thought I was familiar with the most common ones, but he definitely threw some curve balls at me in Old Flames. Keeps you on your toes and it's part of the charm. I made good use of the dictionaries in my Kindle.
I've recently discovered John Lawton and really enjoy his work. This is one of his Inspector Troy books. It is worth 5 stars, but his "Wilderness" series (Then We Take Berlin and The Unfortunate Englishman) are even better.
I found this book to take much longer than necessary to set the plot in motion. The central characters are dull despite the attempt to sprinkle them with a veneer of exotica. Can't see what all the fuss is about.