David Stuart Davies
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.
“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) on Without Conscience
Praise for Forests of the Night
"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
"Juicy . . . Wartime London makes a great setting for crime fiction, and Davies uses it shrewdly. Johnny Hawke is a keeper."
"Compares favorably to John Gardner's WWII series."
"A taut page-turner."
"Dark and poignant . . . a neatly crafted crime novel."
---Andrew Taylor, author of The American Boy