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Flesh Wounds: An Inspector Troy Novel
     

Flesh Wounds: An Inspector Troy Novel

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by John Lawton
 

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Praised for their riveting, ingenious plot twists, John Lawton's series of espionage thrillers featuring Chief Inspector Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard have an uncanny ability to place readers in the thick of history. Now in Flesh Wounds, an old flame has returned to Troy's life: Kitty Stilton, wife of an American presidential hopeful. Private eye Joey Rork

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Praised for their riveting, ingenious plot twists, John Lawton's series of espionage thrillers featuring Chief Inspector Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard have an uncanny ability to place readers in the thick of history. Now in Flesh Wounds, an old flame has returned to Troy's life: Kitty Stilton, wife of an American presidential hopeful. Private eye Joey Rork has been hired to make sure Kitty's amorous liaisons with a rat pack crooner don't ruin her husband's political career. But he also wants to know why Kitty has been spotted with Danny Ryan, whose twin brothers, in addition to owning one of London's hottest jazz clubs, are said to have inherited the crime empire of fallen mobster Alf Marx. Before Rork can find out, he meets a gruesome end. And he isn't the only one: bodies have started turning up around London, dismembered in the same bizarre and horrifying way. Is it possible that the blood trail leads back to Troy's own police force and into Troy's own forgotten past? Flesh Wounds, a compulsively readable thriller, finds one of our most able storytellers at the height of his game.

Editorial Reviews

Patrick Anderson
Flesh Wounds is an odd mix of sex romp and shoot-'em-up, but it worked for me because Lawton writes with such style, intelligence, irreverence, political sophistication and keen understanding of the strengths, weaknesses and glorious eccentricities of his fellow Brits.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
British author Lawton's marvelously evocative series of mysteries about Det. Sgt. Freddie Troy, Anglo-Russian Londoner, have been written and/or published in such a confusing order that it's hard to determine where this one, originally published in the U.K. in 2004 as Blue Rondo-comes in the canon. Characters introduced in 2004's Bluffing Mr. Churchill, including Winston's distant cousin Bob Churchill, an ace gunsmith, play an important role here, as 29-year-old Troy, who's recovering from serious gunshot wounds, celebrates Christmas 1944 by taking shooting lessons from Bob. Troy's Russian aristocrat father-turned-British newspaper publisher has died; his mother's health is failing; his twin sisters seem to be intent on spreading their sexual favors around like caviar while their husbands are at the front. Then we jump ahead to the late 1950s, when London is becoming a mecca for American gamblers. Troy's old lover, the delightful ex-cop Kitty Stilton, returns to London as the wife of an important American politician with JFK overtones. There are characters based on (or at least inspired by) everyone from Frank Sinatra to Meyer Lansky, enough dismembered bodies to satisfy the most morbid imaginations and frequent flashes of sly wit and social conscience that illuminate a vanished world. Lawton's Troy series cries out to be made available with some kind of time line in order to give it, like Philip Kerr's Berlin Noir trilogy or the Jean-Louis St.-Cyr/Hermann Kohler books by J. Robert Janes, the genre classic status it deserves. Agent, Clare Alexander at Gillon Aitkin Associates. (Mar. 25) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Personal dysfunction complicates the investigation of a local crime family. The impending retirement of his superior Brock and a visit home to his frail mother lead fortysomething DCI Frederick Troy to contemplate his future. A Soviet native who emigrated to England as a child and worked in WWII as a spy, Troy still winces when he recalls getting shot by his titled mistress in 1944, and his rocky relationship with his controlling, promiscuous twin sisters Sasha and Masha. When a bomb in Brock's car kills him and sends Troy to the hospital, Foxx, his much younger girlfriend, urges him to quit Scotland Yard, then leaves him after he refuses. But he doesn't want long for female companionship. His old flame Kitty reenters his life; when Masha tearfully confesses that her husband is sleeping with Anna, another of Troy's exes, he allows his sister to seduce him; and he takes up again briefly with Anna. Confronting an American detective who's shadowing him, Troy learns that Rork's been hired to follow the wife of American presidential hopeful Cal Cormack-who happens to be Kitty-and keep tabs on her affair with crooner Vince Christy, a favorite of Danny Ryan, who controls a growing share of London's protection racket. Rork's violent death leads Troy to the dangerous Ryans. The overstuffed plot is anchored by Troy's fundamental decency-bruised and jaded, he's still an improbable romantic-and by smart, brittle prose from Lawton (Bluffing Mr. Churchill, 2004, etc.).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802195838
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
355,262
File size:
3 MB

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Flesh Wounds (Inspector Troy Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
World War II ended fourteen years ago, but London still shows the ruins. For Russian descendent Chief Superintendent of Scotland Yard Freddie Troy, the conviction of crime kingpin King Alf should be a time of elation. Instead the war years have returned; his former lover Kitty Stilton is back in town but unavailable since she is married to American presidential hopeful, Calvin Cormack, another person from Freddie¿s espionage past.--- Private investigator Joey Rork is in town to insure that Kitty behaves while in England. However, while London swings with Kitty as its biggest swinger, a war seems imminent to take over King¿s Alf¿s crime syndicate and American gamblers and crooners are in the middle of the action. When Rork and others are violently killed, Freddie leads the inquiries that take him back to 1944 when he was recovering from a bullet courtesy of his mistress and the antics of his family especially his promiscuous sisters and his brother, who has present day (1959 that is) ambitions. There is also links to when he was Sergeant Freddie Troy. Still, in spite of his efforts London with Ike coming is filling up with mutilated corpses.--- FLESH WOUNDS is an exhilarating British historical police procedural that binds events and real persona or obviously disguised persona between World War II and 1959. The story line is overloaded with several subplots that at times may feel overwhelming, but not only come together but enables readers to compare 1944 and 1959 London. Freddie is terrific in both eras as he is the string that keeps the multitude of subplots tied together. Fans will appreciate this deep but dark look back to two distinct Great Britain¿s only fifteen years apart within a fine Noir.--- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book written in the best tradition of the British detective stories of the Scotland Yard's ilk. In addition to the murder mystery the story revolves around the intricacies of the upper crust and high level politics. The central character is sophisticated and at the end holds all the loose threads in his hands. If this wasn't enough, the book is worth reading for the language alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The, Inspector Troy Series, Is a good read.
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