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Without Conscience

Without Conscience

A Johnny Hawke Novel

Johnny Hawke Novels (Volume 2)

David Stuart Davies

Minotaur Books




Forests of the Night introduced the intrepid John Hawke, an exciting new detective operating in London during the Blitz. Now Johnny Hawke is back in this atmospheric, thrilling sequel.

Set in 1942, Without Conscience finds Rachel Howells in London for the first time, trapped in a web of violence. Her companion, army deserter Harryboy Jenkins, will stop at nothing--not even murder--to enjoy his illicit freedom. Meanwhile, private detective Johnny Hawke is involved in the bizarre murder of one of his clients. At the same time he is trying to find Peter, the runaway boy he had befriended in an earlier case.

Inexorably the paths of Harryboy and Johnny grow closer together until they collide with frightening consequences.

This is a stunning follow-up to the critically acclaimed Forests of the Night and is sure to win Davies a whole new set of fans.


She didn't even knock. She just strolled into my office as though it were her own living-room. Mrs Sandra Riley. Her features were bleached white with powder and a fierce red gash of lipstick gave the impression that someone had cut her face...


Praise for Without Conscience

“Packs a real punch . . . is sure to appeal to fans of the World War II mysteries of John Gardner and John Lawton. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Engaging . . . wartime private eye Johnny Hawke breathes new life into the traditional British mystery. He's a hero with a heart.” —Val McDermid, author of The Grave Tattoo, on Forests of the Night

“Juicy . . . Wartime London makes a great setting for crime fiction, and Davies uses it shrewdly. Johnny Hawke is a keeper.” —Booklist on Forests of the Night

“Compares favorably to John Gardner's WWII series.” —Publishers Weekly on Forests of the Night

“A taut page-turner.” —Kirkus Reviews on Forests of the Night

“Dark and poignant . . . a neatly crafted crime novel.” —Andrew Taylor, author of The American Boy, on Forests of the Night

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

David Stuart Davies

An internationally recognized expert on Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle, David Stuart Davies is the editor of the crime fiction magazine Sherlock and the author of several books on Sherlock Holmes. He also edits the Crime Writers' Association's monthly Red Herrings magazine. Forests of the Night was his first Johnny Hawke novel. He lives in West Yorkshire, England.

David Stuart Davies

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