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Death in Blitz City by David Young – Blog Tour

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Death in Blitz City by David Young

Genre: Historical, Thriller
Publisher: Zaffre
Source: Compulsive Readers
Rating: 4/5

About The Book

1942, Hull, East Yorkshire – It is the most heavily-bombed city outside of London – but for the sake of national morale the Hull Blitz is kept top secret. Only the politicians in Whitehall and Hull’s citizens themselves know of the true chaos.
Newly-posted Inspector Ambrose Swift cannot believe the devastation he finds. But for Swift and his two deputies – part-time bare-knuckle boxer Jim ‘Little’ Weighton and Dales farmer’s daughter Kathleen Carver – it’s murder, not the war, that’s at the forefront of their minds.
When a series of sadistic killings is wrongly blamed on locally-stationed black American GIs, Swift, a one-armed former WW1 cavalryman who tours the rubble-strewn city on a white horse, soon discovers these are no ordinary murders. The fetid stench of racism, corruption and perversion go to the very top. And for Swift, Weighton and Carver, finding the real killers means putting their own lives at risk – because powerful forces in the US and Britain cannot let the war effort be undermined. Not even by the truth.

My Thoughts

A very interesting and intriguing historical fiction based in Hull, one of the most bombarded cities during the cold war, but kept in secret… When a killer starts using the bombs as a way to hide the victims, the police knows that there’s a lot in risk and they have to catch the killer before it strikes again… Ready?
War is never an easy situation for anyone, but if you add a killer to a situation that is already crumbling, there will be consequences, so our main characters, DCI Ambrose Swift and his team will have to be quick if they want to maintain the equilibrium in the society. Let’s be honest, this will not be an easy case; there’s pressure from everywhere to catch the killer; it doesn’t matter who or why, so the threats to our team will be constant and difficult everywhere. But at the same time, it made the book more addictive and made you feel the story in your own skin.
As you can imagine, even if this book is fiction and historical, it seems that there are situations that never change; racism, corruption, political pressure… We don’t learn from our mistakes, we only learn to cover them better! Sad but true.
I have to say that I loved this book and I hope that I’ll see it again in a new case, please??
Are you ready to discover “Death in Blitz City”?

About The Author

East Yorkshire-born David Young began his East German-set crime series on a creative writing MA at London’s City University when Stasi Child – his debut – won the course prize. The novel went on to win the 2016 CWA Historical Dagger, and both it and the 2017 follow-up, Stasi Wolf, were longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. His novels have been sold in eleven territories round the world. Before becoming a full-time author, David was a senior journalist with the BBC’s international radio and TV newsrooms for more than 25 years. He writes in his Twickenham garden shed and in a caravan on the Isle of Wight.


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