First in a crime series set in London during the Blitz in 1940-41
The jagged blast of high explosives rips through the evening air. In the sky over East London the searchlights criss-cross in search of the enemy.
On the first night of the Blitz, a corpse is discovered in a van in the back streets of West Ham. Detective Inspector John Jago recognizes the dead man as local Justice of the Peace Charles Villers. But then a German bomb obliterates all evidence.
Villers, not a popular man, was both powerful and feared. As the sirens wail, the detective must start matching motive to opportunity--and it doesnt help when his boss foists an intrusive American journalist on him.
Jago soon discovers the dead man held many secrets, some reaching back to World War I. A lot of people wished Villers dead--and an air raid is a good time to conceal a murder.
"Compelling--with a twist of nostalgia for a lost London." Andy Martin, author of Reacher 20: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me
"I couldnt stop reading. . . A new detective inspector has made his appearance, and I hope very much that it wont be the last weve heard of him." Peter Stansky, author of The First Day of the Blitz