This is a lively read, but may not be what you expect. Perhaps I over complicate things but I was expecting a more intellectual description of crime busting in war time. I visualized the almost impossible task of fighting crime in a war torn city where all the young men were overseas fighting.
This work by contrast deals with a relatively few – but non the less sensational, crimes, committed during the war.
The volume is a page turner with never a dull moment. However, it’s a little fantastic. I’m not suggesting Read fabricates information, but his story-book style describes scenes and situations of which he could have no actual knowledge. No doubt this is his evaluation of the available evidence, and he may be correct – but he may not be. This is meant to be a work of non-fiction, but you could be forgiven for thinking you were reading a very good work of fiction.
That said, Mr. Read’s book gives excellent descriptions of some of the most heinous crimes committed in London during the 1940’s and I was very impressed by his attention to detail and research.
Despite a couple of criticisms, I highly recommend Simon Read’s book, which most people will find compelling reading.