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London, 1942. Rachel Howells has arrived in the capital in search of a life of glamour and excitement. But she naively becomes entangled in a web of violence with army deserter Harryboy Jenkins who threatens her into joining his murderous schemes. Trapped in a brutal relationship, she is plunged into despair. Meanwhile the hands of private detective Johnny Hawkes are full London, 1942. Rachel Howells has arrived in the capital in search of a life of glamour and excitement. But she naively becomes entangled in a web of violence with army deserter Harryboy Jenkins who threatens her into joining his murderous schemes. Trapped in a brutal relationship, she is plunged into despair. Meanwhile the hands of private detective Johnny Hawkes are full as he is hired to investigate the bizarre murder of a transvestite - and delves into London’s secret nightlife to solve the mystery. His progress is slowed by mysterious authorities attempting to warn him off the case and the discovery that Peter, a runaway boy he befriended in an earlier case, has yet again fled from his foster home. Inexorably, the divergent paths of Harryboy and Johnny grow closer together until they collide with terrifying consequences. Harryboy has a tortured past and is without conscience. How far will he go? 'Without Conscience' is a nerve-shredding thriller set against the grim backdrop of war-torn London. It is the third in the Johnny One-Eye series. “Sherlock Holmes expert Davies effectively captures London of a later era in this taut page-turner” – Kirkus David Stuart Davies is a member of the national committee of the Crime Writers' Association and edits its monthly magazine, ‘Red Herrings’. He has written many books about Sherlock Holmes including five novels and the award-winning play, ‘Sherlock Holmes — The Last Act’. This is the third novel in the Johnny One Eye series. Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books. Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312382103


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London, 1942. Rachel Howells has arrived in the capital in search of a life of glamour and excitement. But she naively becomes entangled in a web of violence with army deserter Harryboy Jenkins who threatens her into joining his murderous schemes. Trapped in a brutal relationship, she is plunged into despair. Meanwhile the hands of private detective Johnny Hawkes are full London, 1942. Rachel Howells has arrived in the capital in search of a life of glamour and excitement. But she naively becomes entangled in a web of violence with army deserter Harryboy Jenkins who threatens her into joining his murderous schemes. Trapped in a brutal relationship, she is plunged into despair. Meanwhile the hands of private detective Johnny Hawkes are full as he is hired to investigate the bizarre murder of a transvestite - and delves into London’s secret nightlife to solve the mystery. His progress is slowed by mysterious authorities attempting to warn him off the case and the discovery that Peter, a runaway boy he befriended in an earlier case, has yet again fled from his foster home. Inexorably, the divergent paths of Harryboy and Johnny grow closer together until they collide with terrifying consequences. Harryboy has a tortured past and is without conscience. How far will he go? 'Without Conscience' is a nerve-shredding thriller set against the grim backdrop of war-torn London. It is the third in the Johnny One-Eye series. “Sherlock Holmes expert Davies effectively captures London of a later era in this taut page-turner” – Kirkus David Stuart Davies is a member of the national committee of the Crime Writers' Association and edits its monthly magazine, ‘Red Herrings’. He has written many books about Sherlock Holmes including five novels and the award-winning play, ‘Sherlock Holmes — The Last Act’. This is the third novel in the Johnny One Eye series. Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books. Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312382103

30 review for Without Conscience

  1. 5 out of 5

    John

    It's London during the Blitz, and PI Johnny Hawke's new client wants him to find out if husband Walter is having an affair and, if so, to get the proof so she can divorce him. Business is thin and sometimes a guy must do the dirty work, so he takes the case. Soon he finds that Walter is part of a flourishing London transvestite scene; but then, almost immediately, Walter is murdered in the street. Despite the client being intimidated into sacking him from the case, Johnny persists with his inves It's London during the Blitz, and PI Johnny Hawke's new client wants him to find out if husband Walter is having an affair and, if so, to get the proof so she can divorce him. Business is thin and sometimes a guy must do the dirty work, so he takes the case. Soon he finds that Walter is part of a flourishing London transvestite scene; but then, almost immediately, Walter is murdered in the street. Despite the client being intimidated into sacking him from the case, Johnny persists with his investigation. Meanwhile, he has to deal with the problem of Peter, a child who's fixated on him and who has run away from his fosterparents to try to find Johnny in London. And, if that weren't enough, he's drawn into the case of Harryboy Jenkins, a sociopath who's robbing and murdering his way across the war-devastated city, dragging along in his wake the luckless young woman who thought that being with him might be "exciting" . . . The book's very lightly and sprightly written, and I have no quibbles about its readability. The characters seem real enough, especially Rachel, the naif whom Harryboy has decided is his property. The suspenseful moments are handled neatly. There are some nattily Chandleresque one-liners. And so on. But, oh churl that I am, I have quibbles. (1) The final stretch of the book, while genuinely packing a thrill, depends upon a coincidence so long that I felt my lip curling as soon as it was introduced. (2) Only on rare occasion did I notice that the novel was set in wartime London. I'm sure that, had one been living there, the daily matter of the bombing and the other privations of war would seldom have slipped from one's mind. Yet the main characters (Harryboy excepted, because he's exploiting the situation) most of the time seem barely aware of the backdrop against which they're playing their play. This lack of sense of place did bother me quite a bit. (3) The text is littered with hundreds of trivial errors of punctuation, grammar, etc. -- the type of stuff that, back in the day, a copyeditor would have tidied up . . . and, if s/he didn't, then the proofreader would. At worst (maybe half a dozen times), this had me having to pause to parse a sentence to extract its meaning; aside from such instances, the carelessness of usage was an unremitting irritant throughout. And there's the delight, on page 41, of a character being introduced as "my brother Edward" and then, by the bottom of the page, having the name "Captain Michael Eddowes" instead. I guess the nearest comparison within my reading experience must be the Bernie Gunther series by Philip Kerr, of which I've read the first three. I'd say Without Conscience measures up very favorably to the first of those, moderately well to the second, and struggles a bit when matched against the third. Even so, should another Johnny Hawke story drift in my direction, I might very well pick it up. Davies does score highly on readability.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    1942 London, and Harryboy Jenkins is AWOL and arrives in London. Rachel Howells has left Wales and her boring life ready for excitment. On meeting Jenkins she believes she has found it. But trouble is coming her way. Hawke has been employed to find out by Sandra Riley if he husband, Walter, is having an affair. Unfortunately this only brings trouble to Hawke. But Peter Blake is having he own trouble down in Devon. An interesting and enjoyable thriller and crime story

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael Oakes

    Entertaining Mystery Thriller I picked this up knowing it was part of a series, but unaware that it was set in WWII London. I found it well written and entertaining. The author deftly weaves in various elements which come together fittingly. I will seek out some of the other Johnny Hawke books.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Monica Garcia

    My, how I love crime drama's. I really thought I had figured out who killed Walter/Wilma in the very beginning. I was wrong. But that was a good thing, it kept me reading. Yes, I enjoyed the book. My, how I love crime drama's. I really thought I had figured out who killed Walter/Wilma in the very beginning. I was wrong. But that was a good thing, it kept me reading. Yes, I enjoyed the book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Hawley

    Another in the Johnny One Eye series set during World War II England. Johnny lost his eye in basic training and was released from military service at the beginning of the war. Not wanted by his old employer, the London police, he set up a detective agency in war torn London. This third novel in the series deals with a manic serviceman on a killing spree as well as a cross dressing public employee murdered for no apparent reason. Johnny uses his usual wit and acute observation to solve the cases Another in the Johnny One Eye series set during World War II England. Johnny lost his eye in basic training and was released from military service at the beginning of the war. Not wanted by his old employer, the London police, he set up a detective agency in war torn London. This third novel in the series deals with a manic serviceman on a killing spree as well as a cross dressing public employee murdered for no apparent reason. Johnny uses his usual wit and acute observation to solve the cases and save a few lives along the way. The series set during the blitz of London has more than one dramatic moment.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Johnny Hawke is a private eye operating in London during the Blitz. And speaking of eyes, he's only got one. An army deserter goes on a crime spree and kills whoever gets in his way. An orphan runs away from the rural home he's been placed in for the duration. A young woman from Wales arrives in the big city and is in over her head. And a bunch of cross-dressing nobs get their size 40 panties in a bunch. Good atmosphere, decent dialogue, too many concussions. Davies has to work to tie the threads t Johnny Hawke is a private eye operating in London during the Blitz. And speaking of eyes, he's only got one. An army deserter goes on a crime spree and kills whoever gets in his way. An orphan runs away from the rural home he's been placed in for the duration. A young woman from Wales arrives in the big city and is in over her head. And a bunch of cross-dressing nobs get their size 40 panties in a bunch. Good atmosphere, decent dialogue, too many concussions. Davies has to work to tie the threads together at the end. Cameo by Winston Churchill. Check it out.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Part of a series starring a one-eyed detective in London during WWII who follows the trail of a serial killer. Big on plot and light on characterization, by the end of the book I didn't have any feelings for the protagonist. Pretty typical mystery. Part of a series starring a one-eyed detective in London during WWII who follows the trail of a serial killer. Big on plot and light on characterization, by the end of the book I didn't have any feelings for the protagonist. Pretty typical mystery.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    I enjoyed this book. The detective was a hard-boiled Bogart type.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    A detective in 1940's London solving murders. It was slow and predictable, but but the characters were likable and the enjoyable. A detective in 1940's London solving murders. It was slow and predictable, but but the characters were likable and the enjoyable.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Looking forward to this detective novel by a writer who is a well-regarded expert on Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes....just got to find the time

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hedley Schofield

  12. 5 out of 5

    cheryl paris

  13. 4 out of 5

    jeffrey rogers

  14. 4 out of 5

    Noel Powell

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  16. 4 out of 5

    maureen bates

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anne Merridale

  18. 5 out of 5

    Janet Timms

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Parks

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nina

  21. 4 out of 5

    Deraifu

  22. 5 out of 5

    Clovis

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michael Worsnop

  24. 4 out of 5

    Paul Leafgreen

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angela Babcock

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Juanita

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hywel Hughes

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Dayton-Kistler

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ronald Poole

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