Item description for A Gathering of Saints (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) by Christopher Hyde...
It's the summer of 1940, and while the Blitz is killing Londoners by the hundreds, a methodical madman is killing them one at a time. In analyzing his MO, Detective Morris Black comes to a startling realization: The murderer seems to have advance knowledge of where the Luftwaffe will be dropping its bombs. Overnight, Black's comparatively simple case of serial murder has exploded into a complex web of espionage. Untangling the threads will force Black to grapple not only with the killer, but also with a vicious Gestapo spy and - perhaps most disturbing of all - with the poisonously polite anti-Semitism that runs through the British police force, through the intelligence services, and up to the highest levels of government.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2007
Publisher Felony & Mayhem
ISBN 1933397624 ISBN13 9781933397627
Availability 0 units.
More About Christopher Hyde
Christopher Hyde has written more than a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction, published in twenty-two countries in thirteen languages. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, he now lives in Point Roberts, Washington, with his wife and two children.
Christopher Hyde currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York. Christopher Hyde was born in 1949.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Gathering of Saints (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries)?
Serial Killer In London During WWII Apr 23, 2008
Well written mystery. The plot centers around Detective Morris Black as he searches for a serial killer who's acts seem to coincide with German air raids. There's a bit of romance between Black and an American girl as well as an interesting character, Dr. Tennant, who was in fact a German spy. The English had cracked the German codes so in fact they were pretty much aware of where the bombings would be and when. How did the serial killer, Queer Jack, gain this information. It's also interesting to see how much Nazi sentiment existed in England at the time.
A Detail Heavy WWII Thriller/Mystery Oct 4, 2006
Christopher Hyde's 1997 Thriller/Murder Mystery is set against the Blitzkrieg of London in the summer of 1940. Detective Inspector Morris Black, whose career has plateaued since the death of his wife and is now under suspicion because of his Jewish descent, is loaned to MI5 to investigate a series of killings taking place in London. The reason MI5 has an interest in these murders and the investigation has to be kept top secret is that all of the slayings have taken place in locations that were immediately bombed by the Germans. Additionally a particularly vicious German spy known as the Doctor has become involved in investigating the murders for the Germans in an effort to ascertain where the serial killer is getting his information from. Inspector Black's investigation is also complicated by an attractive American journalist/spy named Katherine Copeland who is initially sent to seduce the inspector but soon becomes sympathetic to his cause (albeit at some very inconvenient moments.)
This thriller is very rich and detailed in it's depiction of 1940's London and in Christopher Hyde's descriptions of the bombings you can almost feel the heat from the flames and taste the ashes in the air. Obviously intensively researched, the drama includes numerous real-life personalities such as Ian Fleming and Joseph Kennedy which adds tremendous realism to the tale. The plot twists at an easy pace and is very easy to follow and you should have no problem figuring out the whodunit part. The only problem I had with this novel is that it almost seemed to suffocate itself a couple of times in its' own intricate detailing. I found the pacing to be a little slower than that of The Second Assassin but still a very enjoyable novel
LackedThe Luster Of 2nd Assassin, But Still Good Jan 25, 2005
Maybe it was the setting, maybe it was the disturbing plot, well not as disturbing of a plot as Second Assassin was. But anyway a serial killer, kills and leaves the his victoms lifeless bodies in areas selected for German bombing raids in London, during the Battle of Britain. So how does the killer know? Guess you'll have to read to find out. Also plays on why Germany quit bombing London. Good book, Hyde as usual, does a stupendous effort with the research, and development of the characters. Scotland Yard MI6, and a well placed German agent help to make this book one hell of a read. If you liked this one try Black Cross, by Greg Iles, and Archangel, by Robert Harris.
Silence of the Lambs, pre 1942 Jan 7, 2005
This might be the most readable Hyde I've read to date, and I really enjoyed Second Assassin and House of Special Purpose greatly. This captures your attention and keeps you spellbound over the last 250 pages. Thrilling conclusion that brings back memories of Hannibal Lecter. Interesting anecdotes regarding the Blitz and Ultra, and its breaking of the Enigma code. If you enjoyed this, you'll enjoy Enigma by Robert Harris. A fascinating read for WWII fiction buffs.
A riveting, vivid tale of bombs and a serial killer Aug 19, 2004
Hyde's complex thriller is based on a true story of a serial killer during the early days of the Nazi blitz of London in 1940.
According to the author, his characters are real people. The protagonist, Inspector Morris Black, is a melancholy Jewish widower. The killer's first victims are young, homosexual military pilots but it's the killer's choice of locale that make the case sensitive.
The murderer kills at the site of Luftwaffe raids - hours before the raids happen. When it becomes clear that this is no accident, Black finds himself in the midst of frantic Intelligence services and privy to secrets that endanger his career.
Meanwhile, "The Doctor," a highly placed English Nazi spy, is also on the track of the killer, intrigued as to how advance notice of the raids is being obtained.
Hyde's detailed and atmospheric prose gives the reader a true sense of London at war. When Black, along with an attractive American spy trying to infiltrate his case, is caught in several devastating raids, Hyde vividly conveys the sense of panic, the devastating destruction and waste, the feel and smell and sound of exploding bombs, falling brick and timber, implacable fire - and the serendipity of who dies and who lives.
He also gives us portraits of London's powerful intelligence people - chosen for their schools and connections rather than their skills - and a sense of British ambivalence which emerged in open slights of Jews and covert plots for a separate peace with Hitler.
Hyde is a careful and powerful writer with an intriguing and shocking story.