Flesh Wounds (Inspector Troy Series)

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"London, 1959: a city only just free of rationing, still littered with the ruins of war but straining at the modern age like a dog too long on the leash. Frederick Troy, Chief Superintendent of Scotland Yard, is celebrating the arrest and conviction of "King" Alf Marx, East London's "Mr. Big," the toughest gangster in town, when a car bomb goes off, killing fellow detective John Brocklehurst. No one knows who is responsible - the boys from Marx's mob certainly aren't talking." "While recovering from the blast, an old flame from Troy's past
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"London, 1959: a city only just free of rationing, still littered with the ruins of war but straining at the modern age like a dog too long on the leash. Frederick Troy, Chief Superintendent of Scotland Yard, is celebrating the arrest and conviction of "King" Alf Marx, East London's "Mr. Big," the toughest gangster in town, when a car bomb goes off, killing fellow detective John Brocklehurst. No one knows who is responsible - the boys from Marx's mob certainly aren't talking." "While recovering from the blast, an old flame from Troy's past appears. Kitty Stilton is now married to a U.S. senator, Calvin Cormack, the former Special Services agent who was Troy's partner back in 1941. With Kitty comes an unwanted visitor: Joey Rork, ex-NYPD turned private eye, hired to make sure Kitty's rumored liaisons with a mafioso rat-pack crooner don't spoil her husband's political prospects." Then the gumshoe wants to know why Kitty has been spotted with Danny Ryan, a boxing promoter whose younger brothers are bucking to inherit King Alf's crime empire. Before Rork can find out, he meets a gruesome end, and bodies have started turning up around London.
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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.
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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.).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871136985
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Series: Inspector Troy Series , #5
  • Pages: 343
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.14 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Great Book

    The, Inspector Troy Series, Is a good read.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exhilarating British historical police procedural

    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

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