A Lily of the Field by John Lawton
A Novel (Inspector Troy)

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Spanning the tumultuous years 1934 to 1948, John Lawton's A Lily of the Field is a brilliant historical thriller from a master of the form. The book follows two characters—Méret Voytek, a talented young cellist living in Vienna at the novel's start, and Dr. Karel Szabo, a Hungarian physicist interned in a camp on the Isle of Man. In his seventh Inspector Troy novel, Lawton moves seamlessly from Vienna and Auschwitz to the deserts of New Mexico and the rubble-strewn streets of postwar London, following the fascinating parallels of the physicist Szabo and musician Voytek as fate takes each far from home and across the untraditional battlefields of a destructive war to an unexpected intersection at the novel's close. The result, A Lily of the Field, is Lawton's best book yet, an historically accurate and remarkably written novel that explores the diaspora or two Europeans from the rise of Hitler to the post-atomic age.
 

About John Lawton

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John Lawton is a descendant of an Irish-American family who settled in Britain early in the last century. He has spent much of his adult life rediscovering his lost continent and interpreting it for British television, but is now fairly content to let time and chance bounce him between a hilltop house in the English Pennines and a Manhattan apartment... with frequent forays into the Chiricahua Mountains.
 
Published October 5, 2010 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 400 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Most of the first half of the novel deals with Méret, but there's some tracking of Viktor as a spy in London, as well as Hungarian scientist Dr. Karel Szabo, transplanted to New Mexico to help develop the atomic bomb.

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The New York Times

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Mystery novels by John Lawton, Michael Connelly and Louise Penny, and a story collection by Loren D. Estleman.

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Publishers Weekly

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Lawton has divided his atypical seventh Inspector Troy thriller (after Second Violin) in two.

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The Washington Post

If the previous seven installments in John Lawton's Inspector Troy series haven't made the point adequately, the eighth, "A Lily of the Field," makes it again, and solidly: Lawton's thrillers provide a vivid, moving and wonderfully absorbing way to experience life in London and on the Continent b...

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The Bookbag

But what came across as I was reading the book is that Lawton seems to want to tell his readers so much about so many subjects.

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Reviewing the Evidence

A LILY OF THE FIELD, the new Inspector Troy mystery by John Lawton, features a book jacket with a swastika inside the letter O.

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Historical Novel Society

The heart of the story is the life history of the murderess, from her childhood in pre-war Vienna, through her stay in Auschwitz as a member of the camp orchestra to her career as a Soviet spy in London and the murder she commits on the Northern Line (Warren Street station).

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Shots

The Inspector Troy novels by John Lawton were selected by Time Magazine as one of the ‘Six Detective Series to Savour’ and was named by the Daily Telegraph as one of the ‘Fifty Crime Writers to Read Before You Die.’ A Lily of the Field is the eighth in the ‘Inspector Troy’ series and is, in my op...

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