Black Out (Inspector Troy Series) [NOOK Book]

Overview


John Lawton’s debut novel—first published by Viking in 1995, and now being reissued by Grove Press—is a stunning, war-time thriller that cements his place among the greatest crime writers of our era. 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 ...
See more details below
Black Out (Inspector Troy Series)

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$10.49
BN.com price
(Save 25%)$14.00 List Price

Overview


John Lawton’s debut novel—first published by Viking in 1995, and now being reissued by Grove Press—is a stunning, war-time thriller that cements his place among the greatest crime writers of our era. 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 Dective Sergeant 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 form 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.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
You finish this novel wanting more -- and, happily, more is available, in Old Flames. — Patrick Anderson
Los Angeles Times
A kind of mix of police procedural and espionage thriller... The London of the Blitz...comes alive with...documentary fidelity.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lawton's first novel, a conventional thriller set in London during the last months of WWII, concerns a Scotland Yard detective's entanglement with MI5 and the OSS as he tracks down the killer of scientists studying the Nazi atomic rocketry program. Sergeant Frederick Troy, a crack sleuth whose feelings about England are mixed for family reasons, is called to solve a murder with no more evidence than a severed arm dropped in front of a boy by a dog. The arm, it turns out, belonged to a refugee German scientist working for British intelligence. Some of the plot elements and turns here are overly familiar: characters who fake their own deaths; sexy women who turn out to be spies; the way everyone seems to be following everyone else; a conspiracy that goes right to the top. Curiously, certain other events are nearly inexplicable-such as when, after imprisoning a female suspect for three days and exposing her to a decaying corpse in order to break her will, Troy releases her, and the two fall in love. Many of Lawton's characters are men, often large, impressive and gruff, including a surly boss, a swearing forensics expert and a sharp young assistant, while his women tend to be wily, or standard types like the friendly whore named Ruby. And his prose, which rarely leaps and never soars, too often tends toward the corny (``the grotesque puppet that was death''; ``It's over. It was over years ago''). Nevertheless, blessed with a brisk pace, this novel is likely to keep readers turning pages, though they occasionally may pause to wonder why. (May).
Robert Harris
Wonderfully captures the atmosphere of wartime London...original and entertaining.
Los Angeles Times
A kind of mix of police procedural and espionage thriller... The London of the Blitz...comes alive with...documentary fidelity.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802195845
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Series: Inspector Troy Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 138,111
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

John Lawton has produced television documentaries in England for Channel 4 and PBS.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
( 296 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(57)

4 Star

(101)

3 Star

(72)

2 Star

(37)

1 Star

(29)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 296 Customer Reviews
  • Posted November 3, 2010

    Awful ridiculous story

    This is the first and last Inspector Troy book I will read. After just a couple chapters, I found I did not even like the main character. He's always getting beat up and always being pulled into bed by women. Dumb. One section detailing his sexual adventure came very close to being plain old porn. Lawton's decision to use the ugliest word there is for a woman's anatomical part was really over the top and his details really don't belong in a mystery. Even with the summary provided by Tosca at the end did not explain the round about story he has written. If there was a way to give no stars, that's what I would do. I deeply regret buying and reading this book.

    72 out of 88 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2008

    Good tale, well written

    Lawton has obviously read most of the great literature, and learned to write exceptionally well because of it. This is a very entertaining story. I look forward to the next.

    18 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Do not waste the time.

    This book was a hot mess. The author didn't make the choice of what type of hero the main character would be before he wrote the book. The character bounces back and forth between a James Bond womanizer, and a pathetic underdog. It was lame and the first two chapter are a chore to get through. Someone actually compared this written fecal matter to great works of literature.

    14 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Blackout , Inspector Troy Thriller

    I liked this ,alreadyhad&read in book form, and look forward to others. Feel author is in league with Agatha Christie and Martha Grimes, both of whose work I have high regard for. Although we know Ms. C is no longer with us and so no books forthcoming, rereading is something I do and enjoy. As for Ms. Grimes, I await each Richard Jury book with great anticipation. This author's style is a good solid one, &I would recommend his product.

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Anymous

    Bad last book i read dy this guy

    6 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Good, not great

    Loved the story. Didn't care much for the writing, which was mediocre most of the time, and meandered. The amount of sex and language in the last part of the book made it feel like the author was stretching to lengthen the book. Overall, though, the story was intriguing enough that I will be reading the next book, in hopes that the writing improves with practice.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    So so

    Good setting, but the constant nasty language became a distraction. I swear, the people in this book sound like a couple of 14 year old boys trying to sound cool in a locker room.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Horrible

    Do not EVER read this book!!!

    3 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Annonymous

    I am suprised to see the negativity on this book. I've really enjoyed it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Edge of the seat thriller set during WW II.  Very original plot

    Edge of the seat thriller set during WW II.  Very original plot that is well written.  Will certainly read more  Inspector Troy novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    not recommended

    boring!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Really worthless.

    I wasted too much time on this book to write anymore.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    trash

    a few sex scenes in the middle apparently to keep your interest, but totally out of character with the book. Plux too many "British" figures of speech that could not be deciphered.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Did not like it

    It did not pass my 100 page test. If it doesn't keep my interest within the first 100 pages, it's gone!! At page 82 I thought, "Why continue?" I was torturing myself! Goodbye, Mr. Troy. Let's see...where is that delete button....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    ? Answered

    This book is about a 4.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    I LOVE IT

    It was kind of a mestrey it was " dark"

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 28, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    I wish this book ended the way it started.  I was very intereste

    I wish this book ended the way it started.  I was very interested in the beginning, the characters were interesting.  The subject,
    police work during the time of the second World War in bombed out London, was unique among anything I had ever read.  
    However the last part of the book did not stand up to the beginning.  It got very confusing, too many characters changing and the
    absolute finish to the book unsatisfying.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Well written historical fiction

    This has everything, sex, murder, mystery and is well written, sound to the period. John Lawton and his character, Detective Troy have piqued my interest to read more.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Great mystery!

    This was such a good mystery and so well written. I felt like I was there in that place at that time.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Good stuff

    !

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 296 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)