Bluffing Mr. Churchill by John Lawton
(Inspector Troy Series)

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With his Inspector Troy series, John Lawton has been compared to top historical espionage writers such as John le Carre and Len Deighton. Brilliantly re-creating London in the time of ration tickets and bread lines, Bluffing Mr. Churchill is a blistering page-turner. It is 1941. Wolfgang Stahl, an American spy operating undercover as an SS officer, has just fled Germany with Hitler's henchmen on his trail. Stahl's man in the American embassy, the shy and sheltered Calvin M. Cormack, is teamed with a boisterous MI5 officer, Walter Stilton, to find the spy and bring him to safety. Their investigation takes them across war-torn London, and in Cormack's case, into the arms of Kitty, his partner's rambunctious daughter. As Cormack and Stilton close in on Stahl, bodies begin turning up — and the duo realize they may not be the only ones in pursuit of the spy. When his partner is suddenly murdered, Cormack must turn to the ingenious devices of his lover Kitty's old flame — Sergeant Troy of Scotland Yard. Together, they investigate the trail of murders and come to a horrifying realization — are Cormack and his spy being played by one of their own in the American embassy?

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 December 1, 2007 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 348 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Because Cal and Troy have a lot in common—both are wunderkinds in their respective jobs, both live in the shadow of a famous father (Cal’s is a highly decorated general turned politician, Troy’s a renowned intellectual and diplomat born in Russia)—they should partner well.

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Freddie's ties to the family and Calvin become more complicated when tragedy strikes and Freddie is drawn into the search for Stahl.

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"At seventy-thirty on a Sunday morning," Lawton writes, "London was a hive of activity, men in blue, men in khaki, backs bent to shovels and piles of debris, half in and half out of half-houses, twisting and wriggling through the ruins, seeking out the trapped, the living and the dying and the de...

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