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When a dead prostitute is found floating in the river, the local police assume it's just another routine murder. But when it turns out the woman may have been a notorious East German spy, General Charles Kirk and his assistants, Michael Howard and Penny Wise, are called in from the Foreign Intelligence Office to investigate. Kirk is baffled: the evidence of numerous impecc ...more
Paperback, 162 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Valancourt Books (first published 1959)
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John Blackburn's third novel BROKEN BOY sees the return of General Charles Kirk with Mike Howard and Penny Wise investigating the apparent murder of an East German defector, eventually discovering that something far more sinister than international espionage behind this and other killings.

Though somewhat a less well-structured work than his later great novels, this starts yet another couple of great Blackburn trends: the sinister sect and murder that isn't what, or who, it appears to be. I pers
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Well, I was hoping for a more supernatural touch but that's not a big deal, since the actual villians still gave me heebie-jeebies. Unfortunately, I struggled to connect and truly like anyone in this book despite the occasional sparks the writing induced in me. I felt the most for the two victims.

Despite it's brevity this story felt like it dragged in places. But I think it was more my attitude towards the book than an issue with the pacing. It's not a good thing when I can let a mystery book s
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John Blackburn was born in 1923 in the village of Corbridge, England, the second son of a clergyman. Blackburn attended Haileybury College near London beginning in 1937, but his education was interrupted by the onset of World War II; the shadow of the war, and that of Nazi Germany, would later play a role in many of his works. He served as a radio officer during the war in the Mercantile Marine fr ...more

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