The fourth book in Mark Ellis' critically acclaimed DCI Frank Merlin.
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.
[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
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!
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