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The Year of the Gun

The Year of the Gun

1912. Released from the Secret Service, Wiggins sets out for New York and his lost lover Bela. But after an altercation on board, he finds himself among the low-life of Britain’s poorest city, Dublin.

Wiggins falls in with gangster Patrick O’Connell and is soon driving the boss’s girlfriend around town. Molly wants O’Connell to support her Irish nationalist cause – a cause needing guns to defeat the British – and then they go to find them in America.

Finally, Wiggins can solve the mystery of Bela – and meet his old mentor, Sherlock Holmes in a story of escalating intrigue, danger and violence.

(P) 2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 5th November 2020

Price: £19.99

ISBN-13: 9781473694019


Praise for The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy
A thrilling story of espionage, murder and the creation of the Secret Service
Charles Cumming, author of <i>A Colder War</i>
A flavoursome smorgasbord that features not only Holmes but also Winston Churchill, this is irresistible stuff
Barry Forshaw, <i>Guardian</i>
A fine first entry in what promises to be a great new series. Wiggins is a captivating hero, and Lyle draws his Edwardian backstreets in convincing colour. The game is most definitely afoot.
Mick Herron, author of <i>Slow Horses</i>
A good deal of excitement and some enjoyable riffing on both the history of espionage and the Conan Doyle canon, with cameos of everybody from Winston Churchill to Mr Holmes himself... the book is a treat
Sunday Express
Impressive period detail and sharp dialogue add charm to the strong plot
Daily Mail
H.B. Lyle has found the golden thread between Bond and Holmes in a thriller which engages on every page
Giles Foden, author of <i>The Last King of Scotland</i>
A bruising, gritty and very entertaining adventure amid the slums and salons of 1912 Dublin, a city about to explode
Ed O'Loughlin
Lyle's unique blend of real history, inventive storytelling and characters borrowed from Conan Doyle is exhilarating... an action packed historical thriller... This is a series I hope will run and run
New Books Magazine
Lyle's series of thrillers featuring Wiggins, once one of Sherlock Holmes's Baker Street Irregulars, are coming on splendidly . . . Skilfully mixing real history with action sequences worthy of Lee Child, this is historical crime-writing at its best
John Williams, Mail on Sunday
Full throttle, highly entertaining historical hokum, delivering entertainment in spades
Myles McWeeney, Irish Independent