In April 1956, at the height of the Cold War, Khrushchev and Bulganin, leaders of the Soviet Union, are in Britain on an official visit. Chief Inspector Troy of Scotland Yard is assigned to be Khrushchev’s bodyguard and to spy on him. Soon after, a Royal Navy diver is found dead and mutilated beyond recognition in Portsmouth Harbor. Troy embarks on an investigation that takes him to the rotten heart of MI6, to the distant days of his childhood, and into the dangerous arms of an old flame. Brilliantly evoking the intrigue of the Cold War and 1950s London, Old Flames is a thrilling adventure of intrigue and suspense.
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“Dryly funny, smartly written, slightly macabre, and richly evocative of its Cold War setting. Lawton’s got a knack for nuanced character.”
Seattle Times/Post Intelligencer
“If you yearn for stylish, sophisticated, suspenseful fiction, you need look no further…Uncommonly smart and engrossing.”
— Washington Post
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About John Lawton
John Lawton is the author of the Inspector Troy series, the Joe Wilderness series, Sweet Sunday, and 1963, a volume of history. He has also edited reissued books by H. G. Wells, D. H. Lawrence, and Joseph Conrad. His Inspector Troy novels have been named Best Books of the Year by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times Book Review. He lives in the north of England and Italy.
About Lewis Hancock
Lewis Hancock is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.