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Vividly atmospheric and brimming with suspense, Mark Ellis presents this insanely captivating wartime thriller of classic espionage.



The fourth instalment in the Frank Merlin series, following on from Merlin at War.

PRAISE FOR THE CRTICALLY ACCALIMED DCI FRANK MERLIN SERIES:

‘[A] stylish thriller’
Sunday Mirror

‘This exciting, very well plotted and historically evocative story drives forward to its gripping conclusion’Euro Crime

‘A richly atmospheric, authentic, and suspenseful detective series’ – Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author

‘A rollercoaster ride’The Yorkshire Herald

‘So immaculately nuanced they genuinely feel like they belong in the cannon of mid-20th century thrillers . . . Another belter!’ – Fiona Phillips

‘A truly spellbinding page turner that keeps you hooked right to the end’ – Dorset Book Detective
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December 1941.

On a bright Sunday morning in Hawaii, Japanese planes swoop down and attack the US naval base at Pearl Harbour. America enters the war and Britain no longer stands alone against Hitler.

Conditions on the home front remain bleak. In a city pulverised by the Blitz, with rampant crime and corruption and overstretched police resources, life for Scotland Yard detective Frank Merlin continues as arduous as ever.

In the week of Japan’s aggression, the shattered body of beautiful film star Laura Curzon is found on the pavement beneath her Mayfair apartment, an apparent suicide. A mile away, the body of a strangled young girl is discovered in the rubble of a bombed-out building.

Merlin and his team investigate, encountering fraudulent film moguls, philandering movie stars, depraved Satanists and brutal gangsters as they battle through a wintry London in pursuit of the truth.
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And don’t forget the other titles in the highly praised DCI Frank Merlin series: Princess Gate, Stalin’s Gold and Merlin at War.

Reviews

[A] stylish thriller
Sunday Mirror
A mammoth read with a Dickensian plethora of characters that I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in . . . meticulously researched . . . deliciously complex
CARAMEROLLOVESBOOKS
A marvellous addition to this wonderful series
Swirl and Thread
A richly atmospheric, authentic, and suspenseful detective series
Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author
A rollercoaster ride
The Yorkshire Herald
A truly spellbinding page turner that keeps you hooked right to the end
Dorset Book Detective
A vivid and often surprising portrayal of wartime London
The Western Mail
An excellent read by an author who clearly knows his subject . . . highly recommended
Alex J Book Reviews
Brimming with action...complex, addictive and highly entertaining . . . I cannot wait to read more books by Mark Ellis
The Book Cosy Book Club
Brimming with authentic details . . . A compelling tale of crime fiction
Foreword Reviews
Mr. Ellis comprehensively explodes that persisting myth of unalloyed wartime togetherness . . . an eye-opener
Janet Roger
So immaculately nuanced they genuinely feel like they belong in the cannon of mid-20th century thrillers . . . Another belter!
Fiona Phillips
Suspenseful and plot driven, this book keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout
Rachel Read It
This exciting, very well plotted and historically evocative story drives forward to its gripping conclusion
Euro Crime
This latest novel in Mark Ellis's DCI Merlin series goes way beyond the familiar clichés . . . satisfyingly complex
Shots Magazine
Vivid descriptions of the era provide ideal background for the charismatic and likeable Merlin
Buzz Magazine
Wow! Well just as I think I've completed my Outstanding Books Of The Year list, up pops another book that will be on the list
Mrs Bloggs: The Average Reader

The DCI Frank Merlin Series