From the author of Messiah, Storm and Vodka comes a thrilling mystery set during the Great Fog of post-World War Two London, a time of secrets and intrigue.
At first, it seems the Great Fog has claimed another victim. A drunk, perhaps, wandering unsighted through Hyde Park and stumbling into the icy shallows of Long Water. But Max Stensness was stone cold sober when he died. And in the hours before his death, the young biochemist had claimed to be in possession of a secret that would change the world. Having traded MI5 for New Scotland Yard, Detective Inspector Herbert Smith thinks he has left the murky world of espionage behind him – until he begins retracing the final footsteps of Max Stensness. Suddenly he’s being tailed, and thinly veiled threats are issued–danger lurks at every turn in the investigation. The CIA, KGB and MI5 are all vying to get their hands on the dead man’s secret, and as the body count climbs, it’s clear there’s someone who will stop at nothing to claim it.
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Boris Starling has worked as a reporter on the Sun and the Daily Telegraph. His first book, Messiah, has been made into a mini-series on the BBC, for which Starling is the series creator. Starling studied at Cambridge and currently lives in London with his partner and their new daughter.From AudioFile:
A lonely London police detective cuts his way through one of the worst smog inversions of all time. Visibility and temperature are nearly zero, and people are dying from the things they breathe. The introspective text, full of low-key ruminations on being a twin and on torture and corruption and class, mixes espionage with police work. The story also features one of the WWII's most notorious Nazi fugitives, who encounters a fate that history did not record. Sean Barrett narrates in a cultured British voice, varying his accents according to the character. Americans, Germans, and various others--men and women alike--always sound believable. And somehow he makes us taste the appalling fog--gritty and dirty and vile. D.R.W. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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