• Black Out

  • An Inspector Troy Novel
  • By: John Lawton
  • Narrated by: Lewis Hancock
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (281 ratings)

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Black Out

By: John Lawton
Narrated by: Lewis Hancock
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Publisher's Summary

London, 1944. While the Luftwaffe makes its final assault on the already battered British capital, Londoners rush through the streets, seeking underground shelter in the midst of the city's blackout. When the panic subsides, other things begin to surface along with London's war-worn citizens. A severed arm is discovered by a group of children playing at an East End bomb site, and when Scotland Yard's Detective Sergeant Frederick Troy arrives at the scene, it becomes apparent that the dismembered body is not the work of a V-1 rocket.

After Troy manages to link the severed arm to the disappearance of a refugee scientist from Nazi Germany, America's newest intelligence agency, the OSS, decides to get involved. The son of a titled Russian émigré, Troy is forced to leave the London he knows and enter a corrupt world of bloody consequences, stateless refugees, and mysterious women as he unearths a chain of secrets leading straight to the Allied high command.

©2017 John Lawton (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Terrible

Sigh. After Bluffing Mr. Churchill, I was excited to try this follow-up. The book starts out good enough--the plot develops, then.......it just wanders and really goes nowhere. And at some point it turns into a weird, awkward Harlequin romance where it just becomes Troy recounting his sexual encounters along the way. I had to stop about 3/4 of the way through--just couldn't take anymore. I totally lost interest in what I thought to be the main plot--a string of "mysterious" murders, that really weren't all that mysterious. You find out who the killer is (or who it is believed to be) very early. Maybe there's a twist but I couldn't gut it out long enough to find out. I wanted to like this book, but it just didn't hold my interest. The characters are not developed and are not interesting. The reader doesn't really care about any of the characters enough to get invested in the story. Don't waste your money--or more importantly, your time.

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not a fan

explicit sex, violence without reason. didn't work for me. I won't be reading more from this author.

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The reader is a disaster!

English readers in general are very, very good... except when it comes to rendering American accents, which they seem to have learned from old James Cagney movies. Everyone, no matter what their class or background, talks like a New Jersey mobster. Lewis Hancock descends to new lows. His version of one of the main characters in the novel is grotesque -- not to say downright insulting. While Black Out is by no means one of Lawton's best novels, it's still entertaining and generally well written, but when the American character enters the scene, which is only too often, it's just painful.

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Disappointed

The writer is skilled, but I found the story lacking. I didn't finish the last 1 hour. There was no real police work. The book was just about the main character's sex life.

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Love these novels!

Hurry up & commit the rest of the John Lawton books to audio!!! Love the books & narration.

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Give it a try

First time reading this author, This is a mystery with a good plot and setting. I liked both the main and side characters of the story. The narrator did a good job with female voices and with accents. I plan to continue with the series.

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call me slow witted

just could not enjoy such a disjointed literary effort. had to keep skipping chapters in an effort to stay awake!

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Interesting characters - lost interest in plot

The characters were interesting but the plot was too drawn out and then randomly skipped ahead to “resolve” the story. I also didn’t enjoy the sex scenes- why details like that in a murder mystery? I won’t waste time on any more in the series.

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💤 Boring!
Nothing but violence and vulgar language and vulgar sex scenes. The reading was so dry I found myself zoning out through chapter after chapter. Truthfully, it just did not suit my taste at all.

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London in the Blitz - a bombed out saga with no storyline

There was a story in the beginning. Somehow it got lost. The descriptions of London in the blitz overpowered the story which progressively dwindled to a thin thread that sometimes disappeared altogether. The audiobook degenerated into so much background white noise. Boring. It has been an effort to get halfway through. Time to give up …