February 10, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

A Little White Death

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
John Lawton
publisher
Atlantic Monthly Press
genre
Fiction
We gave it a C

A LITTLE WHITE DEATH
John Lawton (Atlantic Monthly, $23)

In 1963 London, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Troy investigates a murder/sex scandal involving two saucy ”twin” sisters, a government official, and a Russian agent.

Mysterious Milieu
While Troy takes early side trips to Beirut and Soviet Moscow, most of the story unfolds in England, right on the cusp of becoming swinging.

Final Verdict
American readers will find much of the parliamentary plot completely impenetrable.

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