Beware This Boy
Beware This Boy
McClelland & Stewart, Paperback, 9780771043192, 307pp.
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
The summer of 1940 had been a dark one for England, and even darker for DI Tom Tyler's personal life. When several young women doing dangerous war work are killed in an explosion in a Birmingham munitions factory, Tyler is quick to help out. But as he talks to the remaining employees, the owner, and others connected with the factory, divisions begin to appear, and Tyler fears that what first seemed a tragic accident may be the result of something much more sinister, organized, and far-reaching.
The rich sense of England during the era of the Blitz, pitch-perfect dialogue, and vivid characters -- not least the rough-around-the-edges charmer Tom Tyler -- make Beware This Boy another classic page-turner from master storyteller Maureen Jennings.
• "Amazingly vivid and terribly real. . . . When [Jennings] takes the story underground during an air raid . . . readers might want to duck their heads and take cover." -- New York Times Book Review
• "Great historical detail, solid characters and a really good plot . . . another winner for Jennings. Fans of the Foyle's War TV series should rejoice." -- Globe and Mail
• "As fine a piece of historical mystery writing as [you are] likely to come across. An extraordinary piece of storytelling." -- Hamilton Spectator
• "It's among Jennings' gifts that all her people are painted in full colours, each comprehensibly human, [and] Tom Tyler is the most complete and human of them all -- smart, empathetic, yearning, mournful and fair. . . . Verges on classic war-fiction status." -- London Free Press