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Spectres in the Smoke (Jethro Mysteries, #2)

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It's the austere 1948 world of post-war, black-maket-riddled England, and Jethro, the cat burglar and jewel thief, has been pushed out onto the rooftops of London again by Colonel Walsingham of MI5.

And so, forced once again to step out from behind his disguise as a part-time stagehand in London's West End, Jethro does a creep in Mayfair and sets in motion a tale of dark a

Paperback, 201 pages
Published October 15th 2006 by Felony & Mayhem (first published October 1st 2005)
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Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sequel to The Smoke.[return][return]Jethro the Cockney cat burglar is unwillingly drawn into more counterespionage; this time, Walsingham of MI5 is "enlisting" Jethro's aid against neo-Fascist movements within the British aristocracy.[return][return]It is historical fact that the former Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor, had pro-Nazi leanings. It was even claimed in 1940 by the German ambassador to The Hague that the Duke had leaked the plans for the defence of Belgium to the Germans. Certainly t ...more
Apr 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Post World War II London (or "The Smoke") is a place that is rife with political intrigue, much of which was a direct result of that conflict. In that kind of environment, intelligence agencies such as MI5 and the Special Branch find themselves investigating all kinds of plots and plans by extremists of every stripe. Colonel Walsingham of the MI5 has the goods on a lot of "iffy" characters who can serve as undercover operatives; one of them is a cat burglar and jewel thief by the name
Jan 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
I just loved this book, although not as much as its predecessor "The Smoke". "The Smoke" is, in the criminal argot, London, and this book takes place just after the war. It's told by a professional jewel thief, who's hauled in by the police to assist on matters of state. He has no special Bondian gifts. He's just a talented jewel thief, and the way he has of telling the story from his point of view is wonderful, as are the secondary characters. I loved it.
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My only regret is that these are set too late to introduce Mary Russell to Tony's cat burglar, Jethro.
The scope of the events in this one is a little bit too broad to fit, but the sneaky derring-do remains a delight.
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The setting is in London, with WWII recently won. The main protagonist, Jethro, is an East End cat burglar who salts his narrative with Cockney rhyming slang—adroitly done and far less irritating than I expected (the glossary in the back of the book helps). About a third of a way through the tale takes an interesting turn as Broadbent weaves together anti-semitism, Zionism, and Mosley’s pro-Nazi party. However, it was also at this point that I began to lose the narrative thread and skipped to th ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I can’t decide why I like these books. Is it the London setting? The blue-collar tone? The sense of history they impart (hey, anything before my birth is “history” to me)? Or is just because they’re rollicking good spy novels? All of the above, I think. Fans of Ian Fleming’s James Bond franchise will enjoy these books, as will aficionados of Lawrence Block’s Bernie Rhodenbarr series.
Robert Scott
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Finished 12/23/2012. Another great post WWII story with Jethro used by MI5 as one of its irregulars. He does his creep into a mansion, then into the headquarters of NOB (the New Order of Britain) a Fascist group of peers with their sycophants. Then in disguise to a country party where a young lady has been lured on the pretext of an acting role. Very heavy info about the Duke of Windsor and other Brits.
Mark Pearce
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
The new version by MP Publishing is better proofed and edited.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I like the aspects of this book because the author illustrates how "Jethro" the cat burglar attempts to prevent a plot to undermine britain's new labor government.
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Tony Broadbent was an art student in London in the late Sixties.

He then worked as copywriter and creative director at some of the best advertising agencies in London, New York, and San Francisco, before opening his own agency.

He's now a consulting brand strategist, planner, and ideator for clients in the U.S. and Europe.

Tony is married and lives in Mill Valley, California.
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Other Books in the Series

Jethro Mysteries, (3 books)
  • The Smoke
  • Shadows in the Smoke