1941 and Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie is ferrying documents between Dublin and war-torn London. When Ireland's greatest actor is arrested in Soho after the brutal murder of a gay man Stefan extricates him from an embarrassing situation. But suddenly he is looking at a series of murders stretching across Britain and Ireland. The deaths were never investigated deeply as they were not considered a priority. And there are reasons to look away now. It's not only that the killer may be a British soldier Scotland Yard is also hiding the truth about the victim. But an identical murder in Malta makes investigation essential.
Malta at the heart of the Mediterranean war is under siege by German and Italian bombers. Rumours that a British soldier murdered a Maltese teenager can't go unchallenged without damaging loyalty to Britain. Now Britain will cooperate with Ireland to find the killer and Stefan is sent to Malta. The British believe the killer is an Irishman; that's the result they want. And they'd like Stefan to give it to them. But in the dark streets of Valletta there are threats deadlier than German bombs... Praise for Michael Russell
'Complex but compelling . . . utterly vivid and convincing' Independent on Sunday
'A superb atmospheric thriller' Irish Independent
'A thriller to keep you guessing and gasping' Daily Mail
'Atmospheric' Sunday Times
Classification : Thriller, Crime & Mystery
Pub Date : JUL 8, 2021
Imprint : Constable
Page Extent : 336
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9781472130402
Price : INR 650
After a successful career as a television writer and producer working on such series as A Touch of FrostMidsomer Murders and Between the LinesMichael Russell decided to write what he had always wanted to: books.
The City in Darkness is the third of his Stefan Gillespie stories of historical crime fiction taking a sideways look at the Second World War through Irish eyes and exploring some unexpected corners of the conflict such as Danzig New York and in The City in Darkness the cities of Franco's Spain. The first two Stefan Gillespie novels The City of Shadows and The City of Strangers were both shortlisted for Crime Writers' Association awards.
Michael lives with his family in West Wicklow in Ireland not a million miles from Stefan Gillespie's home.