Stratton's War

Stratton's War

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London, June 1940. When the body of silent screen star Mabel Morgan is found impaled on railings in Fitzrovia, the coroner rules her death as suicide, but DI Ted Stratton of the CID is not convinced. Despite opposition from his superiors, he starts asking questions, and it becomes clear that Morgan's fatal fall from a high window may have been the work of one of Soho's most notorious gangsters. MI5 agent Diana Calthrop, working with senior official Sir Neville Apse, is leading a covert operation when she discovers that her boss is involved in espionage. She must tread carefully - Apse is a powerful man, and she can't risk threatening the reputation of the Secret Service. Only when Stratton's path crosses Diana's do they start to uncover the truth. But as they discover Morgan's connection with Apse and their mutual links to a criminal network and a secretive pro-fascist organisation, they begin to realise that the intrigues of the Secret Service are alarmingly similar to the machinations of war-torn London's more

Product details

  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 154 x 236 x 42mm | 821g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752876236
  • 9780752876238
  • 715,023

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'Secret service agents, gangsters, good honest cockneys and the blitz combine to make an immensely pleasurable read. Laura Wilson writes beautifully, creates characters we believe in and applies a vivid imagination to well-researched facts ... convincing and exciting.' -- Jessica Mann LITERARY REVIEW 'Laura Wilson's earlier novel The Lover, set in wartime London, was rightly praised for its evocation of place and period, and she is equally successful with Stratton's War. This is not simply a question of period detail ... it is deep in the language of the novel, in the speech of the characters, even in the narrative voice. Everything sounds authentic.' -- Heather O'Donaghue TLS 'Laura Wilsons' most ambitious book ... the city's wartime atmosphere is impeccably created ...' -- Susannah Yager SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'If you half close your eyes Bulldog Drummond could bowl into this cracking plot.' DAILY SPORT 'Big, fat tale of Home Front shenanigans ... Laura Wilson is just as concerned with depicting London in the Blitz - which she does with impressive,impressionistic detail - as with providing a jiucy mystery' -- Mark Sanderson EVENING STANDARD 'not only an outstanding crime story, but a wonderful historical novel.' -- Mike Ripley BIRMINGHAM POST 'Wilson's seventh novel is atmospheric and exciting ... a great book.' -- Peter Guttridge OBSERVER 'This enjoyable, intelligent book is based part on fact. The Right Club existed; so did the spymasters and agents that inspired [the] characters.' THE ECONOMIST 'Laura Wilson specialises in acutely observed psychological thirller ... This promises to be an exceptional series ... highly recommended.' -- Andrew Taylor THE SPECTATORshow more

About Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson's acclaimed and award-winning crime novels have won her many fans. STRATTON'S WAR is her seventh novel. She lives in Islington, more

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