A Gathering of Saints

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Pocket Books, 1997 - Fiction - 448 pages
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"Riveting in intensity, A Gathering of Saints defies belief - yet the characters, the crimes, the lies, the treachery, and the terror portrayed here are based on true but secret episodes from the dark early hours of the Second World War." "At summer's end in 1940, London skies turn war-black as Hitler's airborne hordes begin the Blitz. From the bustling working-class East End to the Underground Stations at Charing Cross and Leicester Square, lethal Nazi Flammenbomben transform the city into a cauldron of human suffering. Against this terrifying scene, a lone psychopath plays his own ghastly game, stalking individual victims and killing them with methodical precision. Probing the murders is Detective Inspector Morris Black of Scotland Yard, a middle-aged Jewish widower gifted with an uncanny ability to divine the truth of a crime from the most meager evidence. As Black tracks his man - whom he dubs Queer Jack - from corpse to corpse, he discovers that each victim was killed at the site of a devastating Luftwaffe raid, only hours before the raid occurred!" "Black soon learns how explosive his discovery is when he is summoned into Churchill's Magic Circle - the supersecret group of officers, politicians, and spies desperate to draw the United States into war despite rumors that American ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy and his British allies want a separate peace with Hitler. Churchill's men tell Black that British intelligence has cracked "Ultra," the Nazi military code. The secret must be kept from the Nazis - even if it means allowing thousands to be killed in cities the Magic Circle knows are about to be bombed. An even worse truth is revealed to Black - a Nazi spy in Britain, known to Intelligence as The Doctor, is probably on the trail of Queer Jack too. Somehow, the murderer knows the Ultra secret. If The Doctor finds him first, the Nazis will know that their code has been broken, and Britain could lose the war."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A baroque, delightfully gruesome serial-killer whodunit set in WW II London. Known mostly for formula thrillers, Hyde (Black Dragon 1992, etc.) accomplishes a superb turn with his latest, its title ... Read full review

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Canadian Hyde (Hard Target, Avon, 1992) did an enormous amount of research for this literate thriller, which is based on true events and mostly real people. Nazi planes are bombing London in late 1940 ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Christopher Hyde has written more than a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction, published in twenty-two countries in thirteen languages. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, he now lives in Point Roberts, Washington, with his wife and two children.

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