Friends and Traitors by John Lawton

Friends and Traitors

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 ser...

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Friends and Traitors Reviews

  • The Breakneck Bookworm
    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 in...
  • Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)
    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 peri...
  • Ralph Blackburn
    Friends and Traitors by John Lawton- A Frederick Troy espionage novel, about spies during World War Two and later. Troy is just starting out at Scotland Yard at the beginning, and hoping to become a detective on his own merits. He hails from a wealthy Russian family, who escaped to Britain after the...
  • Molly
    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.[***SPOILER ALERT***]The most frustrating part of this mystery is that the resolution hinges on Troy matching a face ...
  • Maine Colonial
    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 ...
  • Monique Daoust
    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...
  • Tonstant Weader
    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 anyo...
  • Bill
    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 series...
  • Nooilforpacifists
    John Lawton takes 3/4th of a book to get the plot moving, but once it does, the pulse races. ...

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