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John Lawton's Inspector Troy novels are regularly singled out as a crime series of exceptional quality, by critics and readers alike. Friends and Traitors is the eighth novel in the series—which can be read in any order—a story of betrayal, espionage, and the dangers of love.
London, 1958. Chief Superintendent Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard, newly promoted after good service during Nikita Khrushchev's visit to Britain, is not looking forward to a European trip with his older brother, Rod. Rod has decided to take his entire family on "the Grand Tour" for his fifty-first birthday: a whirlwind of restaurants, galleries, and concert halls from Paris to Florence to Vienna to Amsterdam.
But Frederick Troy only gets as far as Vienna. It is there that he crosses paths with an old acquaintance, a man who always seems to be followed by trouble: British spy turned Soviet agent Guy Burgess. Suffice it to say that Troy is more than surprised when Burgess, who has escaped from the bosom of Moscow for a quick visit to Vienna, tells him something extraordinary: "I want to come home." Troy knows this news will cause a ruckus in London—but even Troy doesn't expect an MI5 man to be gunned down as a result, and Troy himself suspected of doing the deed.
As he fights to prove his innocence, Troy is haunted by more than just Burgess's past liaisons—there is a scandal that goes up to the highest ranks of Westminster, affecting spooks and politicians alike. And the stakes become all the higher for Troy when he re-encounters a woman he first met in the Ritz hotel during a blackout—falling in love is a handicap when playing the game of spies.
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August 15, 2017
Good mixture is espionage fact and fiction.
Combining fact with fiction Lawton successfully describes the double life of spy Burgess alongside the fictional Troy.
This is my first outing with Troy and as a result will be seeking out the rest of the series.
Lawton writes well with knowledge of the p...
October 28, 2017
John Lawton takes 3/4th of a book to get the plot moving, but once it does, the pulse races.
October 07, 2017
I am not going to summarise the story, because the blurb says it all, literally. Or rather what comes after around 33% of the book, before that there’s a lot of info dumping and a lot of what seemed to me superfluous details about Frederick Troy and his family, and it should have been shortened q...
August 24, 2017
The plot brings a parade of characters from Troy novels past, and for that reason alone, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone new to the series. It also shows Troy at his least likeable.
The most frustrating part of this mystery is that the resolution hinges on Troy matching a fa...
September 10, 2017
Thanks to the publisher, Atlantic Monthly Press, for providing an advance reading copy, via Netgalley.
After a seven-year hiatus, Frederick Troy, head of the Met’s Murder Squad, is finally back in a new tale. In prior series books, John Lawton has given us Troy in action during the Blitz, other ti...
December 08, 2017
6 stars! But don't read until you read the other 7 Freddie Troy books.
October 06, 2017
Inspector Frederick Troy has never been one to follow advice, and when his family was warned to avoid Guy Burgess, Troy avoided the advice. Not that Troy was exactly fond of Burgess, thinking of him as more the bad penny always turning up than any sort of confidante. Though who would confide in a...
October 23, 2017
I read this shortly after reading LeCarre's latest Legacy of Spies. Both books revisit old stories and flesh out plot lines from earlier works. LeCarre's novel however seems like an end, a wrapping up of themes, while Lawton's book seems more of a merging between the Troy series and his other ser...
June 08, 2017
This book has all the thriller elements with a twist on reality. An intriguing and fun read.
Having never read any of the previous Inspector Troy books I wasn't sure what to expect from this book however from the start we are introduced to Guy Burgess at a dinner of Troy's father. From the little...
January 03, 2018
An Inspector Troy novel about the life of Guy Burgess
Guy Burgess – hip before hipsters, Rolling before the Stones, acid-head before LSD. The decay and dissolution that gathered around him was the end of a class, of a way of life; something that would be written about with wonder but always tinged...