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

The first instalment in the Frank Merlin series. Previously published as Prince’s Gate.

‘A historically astute, skilfully developed crime drama.’ – Kirkus Reviews

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

‘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

‘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

‘A mammoth read with a Dickensian plethora of characters that I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in . . . meticulously researched . . . deliciously complex‘ – CARAMEROLLOVESBOOKS

When a brilliant emigré scientist is killed by a hit-and-run driver and the body of an American embassy is washed up in the Thames, DCI Frank Merlin and his team are called to investigate.

Merlin’s investigations soon ruffle feathers at the Foreign Office – the American ambassador, Joseph Kennedy, is a well-known supporter of appeasement, and has gained many powerful and influential friends in the pursuit of a negotiated peace settlement with Hitler.

The death of yet another embassy employee leads Merlin deep into the seedier quarters of wartime London, until his investigations are hampered by interfering superiors fearful of disrupting international relations. As Merlin is drawn into a web of secrets, what will the truth cost him – and Britain?

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The author’s deep knowledge of London during this era has the stamp of scholarly rigor, and his gritty portrayal of the city gives the plot a sheen of authenticity. Overall, this is a well-constructed mystery that artfully furnishes just enough information to keep readers invested but not so much as to slacken the suspense. A historically astute, skillfully developed crime drama.
Kirkus Reviews

The DCI Frank Merlin Series