No Human Enemy [NOOK Book]

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England, June 1944.

Exactly one week after the D-Day landings came the vengeance weapons. It was the beginning of a period which, to the war-weary inhabitants of southern England, was psychologically much worse than the days of the Blitz. With Allied forces gaining a foothold after the Normandy landings, Hitler unleashes his most vicious weapon of war yet---the V-1 flying bomb.

One of these new weapons lands on a Camberwell convent, killing ...

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Overview


England, June 1944.

Exactly one week after the D-Day landings came the vengeance weapons. It was the beginning of a period which, to the war-weary inhabitants of southern England, was psychologically much worse than the days of the Blitz. With Allied forces gaining a foothold after the Normandy landings, Hitler unleashes his most vicious weapon of war yet---the V-1 flying bomb.

One of these new weapons lands on a Camberwell convent, killing three nuns. Suzie Mountford and her boss and secret lover Tommy Livermore are sent to investigate. When it’s discovered that one of the dead nuns is not what she seems, they find themselves in the middle of a complex, sinister plot.

John Gardner spins a story spanning feuding families, the terror of Hitler’s new warfare, and a final Nazi plot to end the war in their favor.


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Publishers Weekly

British author Gardner (1926-2007) offers an authentic view of London in peril from V-1 rockets in his fifth and presumably final Suzie Mountford WWII mystery (after 2006's Troubled Midnight). During the summer of 1944, policewoman Suzie Mountford of the Reserve Squad and her boss (and lover) Tommy Livermore go into action after a V-1 lands on a convent, killing several nuns-one of whom turns out to have been murdered beforehand, another of whom proves to be a man. As Mountford and Livermore try to identify the victims, they realize that what first appeared to be an unusual murder case is actually part of a larger and potentially deadly conspiracy. Despite stock characters out of a 1940s film and period Britishisms that may puzzle the average U.S. reader, those with a taste for old-school tales of war-time intrigue should be satisfied. (Aug.)

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Kirkus Reviews
In wartime England, WDI Suzie Mountford confronts the strange case of the nun who wasn't. It's a time of cautious optimism in battered Old Blighty. With the D-Day landings progressing nicely, the end of the exhausting war has become encouragingly foreseeable. But now, renewing despair, come Hitler's fiendishly destructive, last-ditch flying bombs. When a V-1 lands near the Anglican convent of St. Catherine of Siena, three nuns are killed. Or so at first it seems until further investigation uncovers, shockingly, the presence of a man in nun's clothing-a man whose throat had been cut before the bomb exploded. Soon enough, there are additional homicides on the Murder Squad's plate, and sexy Suzie and her boss, the equally sexy Tommy Livermore, must cope with another headline-grabber. It's the case of a young woman whose lifestyle was scandalously uncloistered. Is it possible the two cases are connected-and that they're also connected to Hitler's doodlebug? Suzie buckles down to find the answers. Good cop though she is, however, the live bodies in her bed have always been a higher priority than the dead bodies in her cases. The plotting is deft, the prose sprightly, but the exercise is unintentionally valedictory for randy Suzie (Troubled Midnight, 2006, etc.), whose remarkable creator died in 2007 after 80 years and 52 books.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466849372
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Series: Suzie Mountford Mysteries , #5
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 681,683
  • File size: 296 KB

Meet the Author


John Gardner wrote over fifty novels, including a series of highly acclaimed comic novels featuring the cowardly secret agent Boysie Oakes, and a number of continuation James Bond books commissioned by the Ian Fleming copyright holders.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a terrific entry in a strong historical mystery series

    In the summer of 1944 a V-1 rocket lands in a London monastery killing several nuns. Reserve Squad police officers Tommy Livermore and Suzie Mountford investigate the tragedy. The two lovers quickly conclude that one of the victims was murdered before the assault occurred while another turns out to be a man.--------------- Mountford and Livermore struggle to identify the victims while wondering if the rocket attack was a ploy to hide the earlier homicide. As they keep digging deeper, they soon begin to believe a plot much wider than a murder case with a diabolical coverup exists, but proof remains elusive.------------- The fifth Suzie Mountford WWII police procedural (see TROUBLED MIDNIGHT and DAY OF ABSOLUTION) is a terrific entry in a strong historical mystery series that with the recent death of the author may prove to be the last tale. The support cast is a bit more steroetyped than usual (I expected Peter Lorre to appear at any moment), but no one will care as the audience obtains a deep look at 1940s Londoners sacrificing for the war cause while the two cops work a case in which every clue they uncover seems to complicate and convolute the investigation. Try solving a puzzle with many pieces, none of them shaped like the outer rim and no picture. However, as good as the mystery is, 1944 London owns John Gardner¿s fine WWII thriller.-------- Harriet Klausner

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