Nohoby James Davis
Unwillingly drawn into a web of espionage and crime in the underbelly of 1930's London, Nick soon discovers that who killed her may be less important than
When a dead dancing girl with all the wrong connections is found with Nick Valentine's name scrawled on a scrap of paper in her pocket, life gets a lot more complicated for the disgraced Great War hero.
Unwillingly drawn into a web of espionage and crime in the underbelly of 1930's London, Nick soon discovers that who killed her may be less important than why.
With British Intelligence leaning on Nick to use his underworld connections to investigate the girl's killing, it soon becomes clear that there's more to the murder than meets the eye.
Nick soon finds himself at odds not just with the authorities, but on the wrong side of Soho's gangland bosses and pursued by a foreign spy ring. Trawling Fitzrovia and Soho's demi-monde of clubs, cabarets and pubs for answers, Nick realises that the stakes go beyond national security, and that no one can be trusted.
As the net closes and the case draws to an increasingly bloody conclusion, Nick is left to tie up the loose ends at a terrible personal cost.
This dark and brooding thriller lifts the covers on a fascinating 1930s' London few know, while the plot's twists and turns keep the reader guessing right up to the final page.
- Wild Wolf Publishing
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)
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Kudos to James Davis for writing a fast-paced and intriguing historical thriller. NOHO kept me turning the pages (in spite of the lack of editing) to see what happens to Nick Valentine, a WWI survivor. The story takes place in the 1930s near London's SOHO region. Nick finds a dead woman's body and becomes implicated in her murder. To extricated himself from charges, he must work undercover for the British Intelligence. What Nick uncovers is more than what his handlers had thought he was capable of discovering. The title NOHO is never explained. Perhaps the name is evident to a Londoner, but not to this American. A google search revealed that NOHO is a modern term for an area north of Soho that for decades had been known as Fitzrovia, which is mentioned in the novel. Is the title anachronistic? It surely was not relevant, at least to me, as part of the story. In short, this first novel by James Davis is an entertaining thriller. I hope he writes another book and gets it edited.