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Flesh wounds: Return to the Chateau (edition 1979)

by John Lawton

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Title:Flesh wounds: Return to the Chateau
Authors:John Lawton
Info:TBS The Book Service Ltd (1979), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 158 pages
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Couldn't get in to this one. Story just never seemed to develop. Quit ar end of tape one. ( )
  Pmaurer | Feb 10, 2016 |
Very slow beginning. Lawton has replaced finesse with violence and sex. ( )
  Rosareads | Oct 25, 2011 |
This is one of the most fascinating series of books I've ever read, and I recommend it highly. The setting is London, mostly from 1940 until 1960, but little in the series is chronological. Books overlap, and sometimes leapfrog the timelines of subsequently published books, resulting in several teasers, and even enhancing books you've already read. So a reference may be made to a famous arrest following a gunbattle that happened prior to the storyline of a book, but the details may not happen, in "real" time until a subsequent book. And it works ! I have to refrain from reading the remaining books in the series to see how everything plays out. Before engaging this series, I would often complain about books relying on flashbacks, back and forth, back and forth - seemed gimmicky, but lawton's storytelling takes timelines to a whole new levels. The ultimate is reading a subsequent book and having a character introduced who you know is going to die. And the writing is just excellent. Lots of atmosphere, complex plots mixing, politics, history, sex, and crime. And some of the most incredible scenes take place in a cemetery. My next read, which will be my third, is the first book. Got it? Not easy to get, ordered it secondhand.... ( )
  maneekuhi | Oct 6, 2010 |
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"London, 1959: a city only just free of rationing, still littered with the ruins of war but straining at the modern age like a dog too long on the leash. Frederick Troy, Chief Superintendent of Scotland Yard, is celebrating the arrest and conviction of "King" Alf Marx, East London's "Mr. Big," the toughest gangster in town, when a car bomb goes off, killing fellow detective John Brocklehurst. No one knows who is responsible - the boys from Marx's mob certainly aren't talking." "While recovering from the blast, an old flame from Troy's past appears. Kitty Stilton is now married to a U.S. senator, Calvin Cormack, the former Special Services agent who was Troy's partner back in 1941. With Kitty comes an unwanted visitor: Joey Rork, ex-NYPD turned private eye, hired to make sure Kitty's rumored liaisons with a mafioso rat-pack crooner don't spoil her husband's political prospects."."Then the gumshoe wants to know why Kitty has been spotted with Danny Ryan, a boxing promoter whose younger brothers are bucking to inherit King Alf's crime empire. Before Rork can find out, he meets a gruesome end, and bodies have started turning up around London."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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