I have been impressed with [a:David Stuart Davies|157914|David Stuart Davies|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1248450218p2/157914.jpg] since reading a couple of his horror genre Sherlock Holmes novels. His story lines are tight and his characters are well developed and interesting.
This book is the first in the Johnny Hawke detective series. It is a classic noir / hardboiled novel in the tradition of Sam Spade. Consistent with other Davies works, this one is very well written.
Set in WWII-era London, our hero has set up a private detective agency after being wounded and released from army service. He is drawn into a murder case that has several intriguing twists and turns.
Pulpish in nature, this series has been a fun read.