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Second Violin (Inspector Troy Thriller #6) Hardcover – November 1, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Lawton's engrossing sixth entry but the first chronologically in his Inspector Troy thriller series (Black Out, etc.) chronicles the major events leading up to WWII--Germany's annexation of Austria, Chamberlain's peace efforts, Kristallnacht--while providing a disturbing picture of anti-Semitism and class frictions in England at the time. As part of Scotland Yard's murder squad, Insp. Frederick Troy investigates a series of slayings of London rabbis, but various subplots equally intrigue, notably one that unfolds in an internment camp for Germans, Jews and foreigners--including Troy's Austrian-born brother, Rod--rounded up after Britain's entry into the war. At one point, Troy and a lady friend discover the "aphrodisia of war" in Hyde Park, a spot popular with couples for copulation during the blitz. Lawton does a fine job of incorporating such lesser known period details into his saga, though some readers may find he relies too often on deus ex machina for their taste. (Nov.)
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Weaving complex characters and plot threads from Kristallnacht to Fleet Street, [Lawton] builds a suspenseful story that long remains in the reader’s memory.” Library Journal
An excellent WWII historical thriller . . . Fans will appreciate John Lawton’s brisk expanded Frederick Troy thriller that fascinatingly goes back a decade plus from the usual Freddie Troy police procedurals.” Midwest Book Review
Smart and gracefully written . . . It has been Lawton’s achievement to capture, in first-rate popular fiction, the courage and dramaand the widespread tomorrow-we-maydie exuberanceof that terrible and thrilling moment in twentieth-century history.” Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
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It is the sixth book in the Inspector Troy series, but Troy and his murders are somewhat secondary to the beginning of the second world war.
It is an interesting book historically because so many people in it are real. They are worked into the story in a manner that seems logical and very real.
The language is applaudible, and the story outstanding. A book for a thinking person. No cosy here.
There is sex and there is violenc. Hard not to have in the middle of a war. People are killed, but that also happens in the middle of the war.
But no explicit sex or what I would call "Gross", and the death is what you would expect when a bomb hits a city.
A truly outstanding book, very well written.
Petty and beneath a writer of such enormous talent.
The Troy series is equal to McCarry and other deans of this genre. Indeed, in many regards Lawton goes far beyond the shackles of "thriller" genre . . . this book is literature.