Part of her entry:
Of professional interest, were several good new thrillers and mysteries. Three, each with a new angle, were Robert Harris’s The Fear Index, Jussi Adler-Olsen’s The Keeper of Lost Causes, and Alan Furst’s Mission to Paris. The Fear Index is a clever mix of science fiction and financial thriller. To say more would spoil the up-to-the-minute plot, but I enjoyed it the more having done a scholarly article on one of its famous predecessors. Suffice to say that Harris has updated an old story with panache and what has recently turned out to be...[read on]About Fires of London, from the publisher:
A killer takes refuge in the blacked-out streets of wartime London, upending the world of one of Britain’s greatest painters in this chilling and captivating reimagining of the life of Francis BaconLearn more about the book and author at Janice Law's website and blog.
Francis Bacon walks the streets of World War II London, employed as a warden for the ARP to keep watch for activities that might tip off the Axis powers. Before the war, Bacon had travelled to Berlin and Paris picking up snatches of culture from a succession of middle-aged men charmed by his young face. Known for his flamboyant personal life and expensive taste, Bacon has returned home to live with his former nanny—who’s also his biggest collector—in a cramped bohemian apartment.
But one night, death intrudes on his after-hours paradise. When a young man is found dead in the park, his head smashed in, Bacon and the rest of London’s demimonde realize that they have much more to fear than the faraway scream of war.
The Page 69 Test: Fires of London.
Writers Read: Janice Law.