Book: Blackout

blackout.jpgThis mystery, by John Lawton, is set in London during WW2. As the city undergoes regular bombing, our intrepid policeman, Inspector Frederick Troy, tries to catch what appears to be a serial killer with ties to the American military.

This is a very well-written, evocative book. Lawton’s very good (I’d never read anything by him before).

Plus, I love mysteries set within a context where much larger things are happening. Like Philip Kerr’s “Berlin Noir” trilogy, set in Germany before and after WW2, and Dan Fesperman’s mysteries set in Sarajevo, with the Serb army camped outside the city and snipers picking off people on the streets. In “Blackout,” the murder mystery seems almost trivial compared to the much larger conflict in which the story is set.

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