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First in a crime series set in London during the Blitz in 1940-41, featuring Detective Inspector John Jago and American journalist Dorothy Appleton.
When a pacifist is found murdered, questions are raised: why did the man have a loaded revolver? Did he have enemies? As DI Jago digs deep into the man's past, it seems like more than one person might have had a motive for murder.
During an air raid, the body of a young woman is found, strangled. DI Jago suspects that she had a secret and was mixed up in an underworld of criminal activity.
On the first night of the Blitz, the body of local Justice of the Peace Charles Villiers is found in the back of a van, but a bomb destroys the evidence. As DI Jago does some investigations, it appears that many people may have wanted Villiers dead.
First published as Fifth ColumnSeptember, 1940. As the Blitz takes its nightly toll on London and Hitler prepares his invasion fleet just across the Channel in occupied France, Britain is full of talk about enemy agents. Suspicion is at an all time high and no one is sure who can be trusted.In Canning Town, rescue workers are unsettled when they return to a damaged street and discover a body that shouldn't be there. When closer examination of the corpse reveals death by strangling, Detective Inspector John Jago is called upon to investigate. But few seem to really care about the woman's death - not even her family. As Jago digs deeper he starts to uncover a trail of deception, betrayal, and romantic entanglements...
When a dock worker is found murdered, DI Jago uncovers a web of secrets about family, war and the British Empire.