Black Out

Black Out In the tradition of John le Carr Eric Ambler and recently Joseph Kanon Black Out is a stunning wartime thriller As the Luftwaffe makes its last desperate assaults on the battered city in L

  • Title: Black Out
  • Author: John Lawton
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 409
  • Format: ebook
  • In the tradition of John le Carr , Eric Ambler, and recently, Joseph Kanon, Black Out is a stunning wartime thriller As the Luftwaffe makes its last, desperate assaults on the battered city in 1944, Londoners take to the underground shelters amidst the black out Detective Sergeant Troy starts with the clue of a neatly dismembered corpse leading him into a world ofIn the tradition of John le Carr , Eric Ambler, and recently, Joseph Kanon, Black Out is a stunning wartime thriller.As the Luftwaffe makes its last, desperate assaults on the battered city in 1944, Londoners take to the underground shelters amidst the black out Detective Sergeant Troy starts with the clue of a neatly dismembered corpse leading him into a world of stateless refugees, military intelligence, and corruption all the way to the top of Allied High Command.

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    1. I found the first 100 pages or so of Bloack Out a little frustrating. The story kind of ambled along and exploited a whole series of coincidences that I found very convenient and unlikely. This is a big city, full of millions of people, and yet half a dozen principle connected characters coincide in time and space. Perhaps one, maybe two, coincidences would have been realistic. But several was unrealistic. In addition, Troy has remarkable luck – for example he’s the only survivor of a bomb e [...]

    2. A murder mystery that morphs into a tale of espionage and counter-espionage in the closing days of WWII in London. Well written with excellent characters and a meaningful underlying plot.

    3. I wanted to like this book. I really wanted to like this book. I just couldn't do it. The blurb on the cover from Scott Turow says, "This fine noel repeatedly brings to mind Le Carre." I agree. I repeatedly thought to myself, "Lawton is no Le Carre."Lawton writes himself into a corner with his mystery, and the only way out is to give us multiple endings. Which he does. I kept thinking, "enough already." Also, the female characters are barely two dimensional - though one's dialogue is enjoyable, [...]

    4. Not really police procedural, not really espionage, not really thriller, not really realistic. Marred by caricatures with a bent for silly porny bits. Lawton is an American author who sets his novels in Britain. Curiously, his American characters are the least realistic and the most annoying.

    5. While Lawton effectively recreates the atmosphere of wartime London, the plot begs more questions than it answers. (view spoiler)[Troy didn't know he was fighting a woman in the dark alley? What was Lady Diana's motivation? Was she simply unable to resist the Svengali-like Wayne? Was she insane? Why were the boffins killed -- because they were Communists who wouldn't help with the war effort or because they were Communists who went West to help with the war effort? Carroll's White Rabbit was a m [...]

    6. I have been a fan of Alan Furst for years. His evocative approach to espionage and his character development made his World War II noirs exciting and hard to put down. Now, I have discovered another master of that genre, John Lawton. The first book in Lawton’s Frederick Troy series entitled BLACK OUT features the intrepid Frederick Troy and his cohorts in Scotland Yard and an amazing array of individuals, who live in London in February, 1944, and a number of them who will also turn up in Berli [...]

    7. My first Lawton novel - turns out it was his first, also. Whatever, I enjoyed the book immensely. It met three of my criteria for reading it in the first place. One, it takes place during WW II. Two, it's a spy story. Three, it has a number of twists and turns, keeping me guessing.Frederick Troy is a Sergeant Inspector in London just prior to D-Day. People believe the war is winding down even though the invasion of France is looming. Troy is called to investigate a strange mystery in which a man [...]

    8. If allowed nuance in their ratings, I'd give this a 3.75. It starts out strong and carries the reader along, but some of the twists and turns begin to seem implausible, while some of the solutions simply don't tie up cleanly enough to satisfy.It's 1944 and Frederick Troy is a young, up-and-comer Scotland Yard detective. He's recognized as a gifted natural, but he's also known to be a bit of a maverick. For the reader, that's what makes him so interesting. He's also the UK-born scion of a Russia [...]

    9. Sold to me as "If you liked Foyle's War on PBS, you'll love Inspector Troy." At first I wasn't so sold, Troy was a bit prickly and hard to understand his motivations. However, once he started interacting with his peers, it all fell into place. The atmosphere is fantastic complete with bombed out neighborhoods that are rubble and air raids spent in the Underground shelters. In this war-time mystery, someone is killing refugees who are known communists. The clues are slim and the leads tenuously t [...]

    10. I enjoyed this book, although I thought it got ridiculous when the main character suddenly changed from a reasoned, intelligent person to a ridiculous man being entirely led by his prick - might happen in real life but didn't ring true here! Good evocation of a London during wartime, although I felt it was slightly too ambitious, starting as a routine police procedure to become an international cold war spy thriller.

    11. First in the Inspector Troy thriller series and revolving around a Scotland Yard cop who pursues his man in 1944 London.My TakeI enjoyed Black Out, although I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series. Then again, the way the story ended makes me wonder what Troy did. And I do want an answer to Major Toskevich's obscure statement. Inquiring minds want to know!Lawton's technical writing is amazing — I only remember a few blips that bugged me. As for creating a pull…no. Sure I wanted to know [...]

    12. I just finished "Black Out" and found it to be a very enjoyable historical thriller. In February 1944, Detective Sergeant Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard comes into possession of a severed arm, determines it is not the result of a German bombing raid, and begins a homicide investigation. This investigation will take Troy out of the comfortable milieu of urban crime and set him on a path that includes stateless refugees, mysterious women, and a suspect who may have protection at the highest level [...]

    13. Thought this was good. First of the series I have read. It is set in London 1944 and follows a Scotland Yard detective Freddie Troy, in a case involving a number of murders, or possible murders; American Special Operatives; . Troy's boss Onions was a great character and the London of 1944 was well described. Looking forward to reading more by this author.

    14. Author John Lawton is a new discovery for me, and I am delighted that I stumbled upon his book! Black Out, featuring protagonist Inspector Freddie Troy, is historical fiction, but even better, it is a murder mystery thriller set in WWII London. Inspector Troy is a perfect mix of Sherlock Holmesian analysis and the intuitive sleuthing of the John Le Carre' Cold War spies, with British humor and upper class sensibilities mixed in. Frederick Troy is the youngest son of Russian parents living in Eng [...]

    15. More like 3.6 stars, but I really liked it. A gritty Lord Peter Whimsy with a badge.Set in WW2 London, the story overflows with details of that time and place. I can only hope they are more correct than the smattering of details about America, because many of them are slightly off. It's a great mystery that we follow our protagonist through the solution to series of gruesome murders almost adding himself to the body count several times. The outcome feels rushed.Speaking of feeling, the whole thi [...]

    16. A book that occupies that happy intersection, for me at least, between crime novels and WWII history. I try not to think about what this says about me. Anyway our hero a young policemne is tasked with solving a series of grisly murders while each night the bombs murder hundreds more. The book beats strongest when it brings London under the blitz to life. It gets rather convuluted in the end and perhaps the plot does not bear much thought but it is all rather fun and yet again i found myself comp [...]

    17. Very much a dark version of Foyle's War, this is the start of a procedural series set in WWII London, with a cynical Scotland Yard inspector tired of being sneered at for being in a reserved occupation, especially when looters, murderers and dangerous internal threats remain at large in the bombed out streets. Lawton strikes a good balance of stiff upper lip and naked opportunism.

    18. An entertaining read with a lot of intersting characters. The author's vocabulary is extensive, and I used my Nook's dictionary feature much more than I normally do. The ending seemed too abrupt. Plan on reading others in this series.

    19. This is the first in John Lawton's excellent series of WWII-era crime novels featuring Frederick Troy, a first-generation Englishman, youngest son of an exiled Russian aristocrat, who becomes an inspector in the London Metropolitan Police. I'd read a couple of later novels in the series; they stand on their own but I'd recommend starting with this one, as there's a lot of recurring back story in the series.This one takes place in a battered and darkened London in 1944, with the Luftwaffe sending [...]

    20. I started this book in a happily anticipatory state, looking forward to a good read about life and crime in wartime London. As I progressed I became more and more disappointed. The characters, so interesting at first, did not develop past first impressions; in fact they became flatter as they committed increasingly improbable actions without adequate explanation.Some of the novel's key plot points were simply not credible. The protagonist, Scotland Yard Inspector Troy, is a member of England's m [...]

    21. This book is an interesting mix-it is a mystery/thriller/spy novel set in the bomb-ravaged setting of WW2 London. Black Out introduces Sgt. Fred Troy, a detective solving a series of vicious murders, with clues leading him on a complicated and twisted trail, also involving MI5. In addition to having a tough case to solve, Troy must cope with the day to day realities of wartime London- bombing raids, rations, and shortages of various kinds. It took a while to grasp the group of players in this we [...]

    22. Another author new to me that I like quite well. Detective Troy is a policeman now working for Scotland Yard who gets called in for a particularly gruesome murder case. It's set during the heavy German bombings of England during WW II. The atmosphere is rough anyway, food and basic necessities are not easy to come by, and you are always on alert to go to safety when the bombings happen and plenty don't make it. Lawton recreates the setting and atmosphere very well giving a picture of the problem [...]

    23. I read some positive reviews on this book, so when I saw it at the library, I picked it up and read the inside front cover. A mystery AND WWII -what more could I ask for? Apparently, a lot more.It didn't start well. The first two paragraphs are probably there to indicate setting, but they seemed overdone to me. Then the fourth paragraph focuses on a fat boy and I couldn't help questioning how a child in the 5th year of the war could be fat. I soldiered on through dense writing until page 5 where [...]

    24. This is the first book in the Inspector Troy series, written in 1995. I looked for this book because I believe there is a cross-over to another series of historical and mystery fiction based around the second world war with many players,countries and politics involved (primarily Russia/communists; Germany Nazis, Jew, non-Nazi Germans; Britain, including communists). I thought the cross-over/link was to a lesser character in one of David Downing's later John Russell "station" books(to the America [...]

    25. John Lawton's Inspector Troy novels seem to be racier versions of Alan Furst's suspense-filled explorations of the lives of spies in Eastern Europe before the Second World War (only Lawton's universe is a bit more chequered than Furst's so the bad guys are often - at least nominally - on the Allied side.) Black Out involves the discovery of a body in a bombed-out site in wartime London which leads to a tale of international intrigue, atomic spying and Troy's ending up in bed with at least two wo [...]

    26. This is a combination thriller/whodunit. I give it a high rating, but with these cautions:You must be willing to suspend your belief and set aside some or all of what you already "know" about London during WWII.You may never be able to make a strong identification with Police Sergeant Frederick Troy.You must not mind that Troy has more lives than a Manx Cat.You have to have a tolerance for a high ratio of British style vs. substance.You will not be able to figure this one out or follow some of t [...]

    27. In general an interesting WWII mystery set primarily in London in 1944 and featuring Sergeant Troy, a very determined police officer of Russian parents for whom the quest of justice is most important. There is an arm found in a bombed out building and this connects to several other murders with an American major as a prime suspect. Despite Troy's rather misanthropic ways he has time to have sex (a lot) with two of the suspects. The novel is longer than it needs to be and has a sort of coda set i [...]

    28. Very different from the Maisie Dobbs series. Lawton doesn't spoon feed you the history or dated references. I prefer this style but was often confused. I learned about the white feather from Winspears' Birds of a Feather, but it was mentioned without an explanation here. Unhappy single male detective. Now that I've started reading the Kurt Wallander series right after this, I'm not sure I really want to spend more time with this character type. I guess Maisie was the unhappy single female detect [...]

    29. Very odd book. First half seemed pointless; second half rushed. Characters were flat, until the last quarter (or so) of the book. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't find the male-female relations unconvincing -- for plot reasons I won't mention -- but over-the-top descriptively. I'm prepared to believe the author improved, and will try one later in the series.

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