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Flesh Wounds (Inspector Troy #5)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  206 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Praised for their riveting, ingenious plot twists, John Lawton's series of espionage thrillers featuring Chief Inspector Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard have an uncanny ability to place readers in the thick of history. Now in "Flesh Wounds," an old flame has returned to Troy's life: Kitty Stilton, wife of an American presidential hopeful. Private eye Joey Rork has been hir ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Grove Press (first published 2005)
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FLESH WOUNDS opens with a scene from BLACK OUT (1995), and then skips 10 years ahead to 1959 and gang wars sparked by a fictionalized version of the notorious Kray twins. The psycho-killers twins are avatars of what the “Polish Beast,” Dr. Kolankiewicz calls “the moral decay we can expect in post-war life” (p30).

Troy suffers yet another major concussion, which sidelines the often-wounded detective for much of the novel and unleashes a parade of current and ex-lovers. (The Scotland Yard copper ha
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Dianne
John Lawton has an excellent feel for time and place. This novel is set in 1959 London; MacMillan's 'Never had it so Good'; East End hoodlums rubbing shoulders with society; the beginnings of the sexual freedom of the sixties; and an overall mood for change. Nominally a procedural detective novel, the first half is the story of Freddie Troy, his character, loves and life, as he recovers from a head injury received when a booby trapped police car explodes nearby. The second half is a more orthodo ...more
Richard
I enjoyed it immensely - like others in the series - but I would like to make a comment about comments posted by others for Lawton's books. It is irritating to see repeated complaints about the use of "British slang" by this author ... what on earth do they expect, the book is set in Britain? It is no more offensive or difficult than is the placing of American slang in books situated in the USA. If stuck - use a dictionary.
Pamela
Much the best of Lawton's Inspector Troy novels. Perhaps because it is more of a police procedural rather than and attempt to mix London based police work with international espionage involving the secret services, as do his other novels. Also, the sex is less porny. However, this writer's obsession with nitwit nymphos is still on display and still unbelievable.
Jennifer
Making my way through this series; Inspector Troy is getting more callous as the storyline moves into more contemporary times. The earlier stories were more like Foyle's War, taking place during WWII. This is set in the 1950s and gangsters and gun violence are moving in. As one of the characters notes, after the war, former soldiers still have guns and they aren't going to go back to the traditional class structure anymore. While I have some issues with the stories and Lawton's portrayal of wome ...more
Nicki
Although it kicks off in 1944, this book soon moves on to 1959, by which time Troy has reached the rank of Chief Superintendent in the Met and is running the Murder Squad at Scotland Yard.

There is actually no real story here until about half way through the book. Instead it focuses on Troy's personal life, which appears to consist of tangled sexual liaisons where everybody in his circle sleeps with everybody else with no apparent regard for feelings, consequences or even decency. One particular
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Linda
The title refers to a classic piece of jazz, "Blue Rondo", on the 1959 album Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. I wish I'd known this fact when I started reading Blue Rondo by John Lawton; it would have saved me the expectation of a good conventional mystery and given me something else to appreciate, namely, the unusual rhythm of the story. Lawton is an excellent writer, and there are many brilliant passages, but I confess to attention-deficit during the detours involving the women in Chief I ...more
Tracyk
I love this series because it covers a period in time that I enjoy reading about and want to know more about and the books are so beautifully written.

Flesh Wounds, originally published as Blue Rondo in the UK, is set in London of 1959. Troy is older and is being encouraged to retire due to injuries received on the job. A former lover, Kitty Stilton, has returned to London. She is the wife of an American presidential hopeful. Thus private investigator Joey Rork is in town to insure that Kitty beh
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Johnny Wunder
1/2 done, readable but tad too sordid for me, (view spoiler). Second half better than first, more a straight cops and robbers story with the high and mighty thrown in for color. Easy enough to read but never making it over the top for me after the sordid start.
Gloria
Oct 27, 2009 Gloria rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Men who like spy/crime novels.
Recommended to Gloria by: NoveList Article
This is a good, solid story with lots of twists. One of its best qualities is helping the reader understand England during the years following WW-II, a period not nearly written about as often as the war years. It is a bit hard to follow the many British slang words and phrases; many were new to me even though I've heard & seen in print many British colloquialisms. There were many smaller stories included; the one writing faux pas perhaps is how the author made such a point of resolving each ...more
Sandra
Had this not been called 'Blue Rondo' I might not have picked it off the shelf - 'Flesh Wounds' far too much like the title of a book any of a dozen others could have written.
Which is a shame because John Lawton is a writer like no other (and I ashamed that I've not heard of him until now) In fact he writes with a casual confidence that says he knows exactly how to seduce his readers, and strongly mirrors the character of Freddie Troy.
Sense of place and of time are convincing, and now I feel I n
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Terry94705
This is the first inspector Troy I have read. Lawton seems to be a literate writer, but the Troy character had no depth, just continual flashbacks of moments in his past. Perhaps we are supposed to read this affectlessness as some sort of shell shock (we know he was involved in WWII) but it had the effect of making me completely disinterested in the character. And as a special plus, the plotting is thin too.
Trilby
Brutal gangs, adultery, incest, explosions, political intrigue, police corruption, class warfare--amazingly, all in 1957 England. This ain't the 'Fifties of American TV. If you get irritated at plowing through page after page of British slang, don't even begin this. However, this is a very well-made and amusing mystery/thriller, the next DCI Troy book after "Old Flames."
David
Better than I expected given that it's quasi-predecessor Black Out was less impressive. The biggest knocks against it are the subtextual (and occasionally overt) misogyny, but that is somewhat balanced by the main character's overall misanthropy.
Roxane
I believe that if you can't say something nice - say nothing at all....thus i am saying 'nothing'...
Sheryl
I loved this book. It's witty without being cliched. It's entertaining without a lot of gimmicks.
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Published in the UK as Blue Rondo (#5 in the series)
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