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Old Flames: An Inspector Troy Thriller Paperback – February 7, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
more cerebral than deighton; akin to le carre.
Imagine this: It is 1956, London. Chief Inspector Freddie Troy --- first introduced in BLACK OUT --- finds himself volunteering, under some duress, to be bodyguard for Nikita Kruschev during the Russian's visit to England. It's Troy's little secret that he understands Kruschev's language perfectly well and the British government wants him to keep it his secret, even listen in whenever possible and, naturally, report back any interesting tidbits. As assignments go, it's not too bad until a corpse shows up, that of an apparent Royal Navy diver killed while spying on Kruschev's ship. Troy undertakes to solve the problem of the frogman's identity and to unravel the mystery of his mission and who killed him. But, to complicate matters, nearly every direction he turns to search for answers leads him to another dead body. And each dead body reveals another layer of intrigue. Wedged in with his pursuit of clues, he squeezes in a few romantic encounters and some nostalgic ones.Read more ›
Frederick Troy, who we met during WWII in "Black Out" is now an inspector and head of the 'Murder Squad' at Scotland Yard. His brother Roy, is a Labour MP, and shadow Foreign Minister. When a need for a russian speaker to 'assist' Special Branch in listening in on Kruschev during a 1956 visit, comes about, Troy is convinced to help out. Here is where a lot of the story could have been cut.
When the Russians claim that they were under surveillance by a frogman, his body doesn't turn up for five months. When Troy is asked by his 'widow' to prove the body isn't that of her husband, a series of events begin to enfold that will lead Troy to revelations he wished he never had to uncover. To say more would give away the best part of the story, which is well developed and presented in a believable manner.
Lawton, also has the distracting habit of putting ideas into the mouths of this characters that would be prescient if the book was written in 1956, but since it was written in 1995, the only ones who would be amazed are the other characters in the book (so why do it?). Lastly I find Lawton's treatment of heterosexual sex, and especially his ideas as to how woman look at sex to be a cross between Nabokov and a twelve year old. When reading some of his scenes, I have come to wonder if the man has ever had sex with a woman, or to that matter anyone other than himself. Just MHO.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Vintage Lawton. This yet another masterful tale chock-full of suspenseful fictional intrigue mixed with historical facts. Very hard to put down once you begin to read.Published 14 months ago by Dr. Gabriel I. Penagaricano
Many deaths and Frederick Troy does get injured a lot but prevails by the end of this cold war based mystery. Read morePublished 17 months ago by jdp
This is the 4th Inspector Troy novel I've read. The plot is meshed with historical fact and historical characters and keeps you guessing from start to finish. Read morePublished 23 months ago by oneluckydog821
IMHO Old Flames is arguably Lawton's best detective Troy book. It provides the continuing Troy story with incredible depth of character, place and situation.Published 24 months ago by S R Wetterschneider
I came late to this author but sure glad I found him. This is a detective series--7 books I think. Best to read them in sequence.
I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Very Long ! An Enigma to solve ! A distorted version of True Historical Events ! Involving Winston Churchill in the plot was not even necessary ! Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Robert
It's like a well-kept secret. This guy can write: literate, inventive, great characterization and description. Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by odyssoma