Second Violin : Frederick Troy

  • by John Lawton
  • Narrated by Lewis Hancock
  • Series: Frederick Troy
  • 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

March 1938. The Germans take Vienna without a shot being fired. Covering Austria for the English press is a young journalist named Rod Troy. Back home, his younger brother joins the CID as a detective-constable. November 1938. Kristallnacht. The Jews leave Vienna - Sigmund Freud with an American escort on a sleeper train, Josef Hummel tied to the underside of a box car. June 1940. Sergeant Troy is seconded to Special Branch to help round up the 'enemy' aliens, among who are Hummel and his brother Rod. Rod and Hummel are interned on the Isle of Man... Meanwhile a lunatic is killing Rabbis in the East End of London. Troy asks for time off from Special Branch to return to his true calling...Murder.


What the Critics Say

"One of the unsung (at least until now) heroes of the genre, as good as LeCarré." (Chicago Tribune)


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Customer Reviews

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A Triumph

I have not read any of his earlier books and this is the sixth in the series fortunately in Second Violin, Lawton takes us back to the early days of Troy?s career in a story set against the run up to the start of the Second World War. So not having read any of the others does not put you at a disadvantage. However, almost half of this book goes by without any real involvement from our detective. This is a challenging listen it deals with the brutality of the Nazi regime, it brings you face to face with racism and the horrors that took place while Britain tried to appease Hitler it looks at what it means to be British. It has strong language and violence but it is also enthralling.

A typical crime novel this certainly isn?t, wonderfully written and brilliantly narrated it most certainly is. In my view it?s a triumph.
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- Peter Thomas


I found the Second Violin fascinating. True it dealt with the horrors of the Third Reich without pulling any punches but I do not think it does any of us any harm to be reminded of the consequences of racism and bigotry. If you enjoy stories based around the Second World War you will enjoy this audio book!
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- Philip

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-11-2008
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd