Edward Marston’s Under Attack, the latest in his Home Front Detective Series book, opens in June 1917. German Gotha Bombers are targeting London and as their bombs rain down people run to safety and cover. At the same time a river police crew spots a body coming to the surface of the Thames. The man’s throat slashed with a garrote, his tongue removed, and all identifying clothing labels are missing.
It is up to Detective Inspector Marmion and Sergeant Keedy to identifying the victim so their investigation can get rolling. At the same time Marimon and his family are wrestling with the loss of Paul, a beloved son, haunted and drastically changed from his role as a soldier and being wounded.
In this his latest in the Home Front Detective Series, Marston dives into the world of big business as well as the toll of having so many fathers and son’s off to was that causes younger lads to form gangs that terrorize their poor neighborhoods. The two different yet complimentary stories mesh well together. I enjoyed this book very much. It like the earlier books gained my attention within the first few pages and held onto it right through the last word, on the last page.