A Lily of the Field

By John Lawton
(Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 9780802119568, 381pp.)

Publication Date: October 2010

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“Lawton's latest (and perhaps best) thriller begins in 1934 Vienna when Meret Voytek, a child prodigy, becomes the pupil of the world-class concert cellist Viktor Rosen. Even as Rosen flees to London in advance of the Nazis, Karel Szabo, a Hungarian physicist, is interned in a camp on the Isle of Man, where his path crosses not just Rosen's but also that of the brother to then-Sargent Troy, the man at the center of all Lawton's books. The mystery that lies at the heart of this convoluted tale centers on the two musicians, Meret and Victor, both uprooted, and adrift in a world changed utterly by war and by science.”
-- Betsy Burton, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT


Description
Spanning the tumultuous years 1934 to 1948, John Lawton's "A Lily of the Field" is a brilliant historical thriller from a master of the form. The book follows two charactersMeret Voytek, a talented young cellist living in Vienna at the novel's start, and Dr. Karel Szabo, a Hungarian physicist interned in a camp on the Isle of Man. In his seventh Inspector Troy novel, Lawton moves seamlessly from Vienna and Auschwitz to the deserts of New Mexico and the rubble-strewn streets of postwar London, following the fascinating parallels of the physicist Szabo and musician Voytek as fate takes each far from home and across the untraditional battlefields of a destructive war to an unexpected intersection at the novel's close. The result, "A Lily of the Field," is Lawton's best book yet, an historically accurate and remarkably written novel that explores the diaspora or two Europeans from the rise of Hitler to the post-atomic age.



About the Author
John Lawton is a novelist and occasional historian. His other novels include Flesh Wounds and Bluffing Mr. Churchill. He lives high up in the English hills, but spends part of the year in New York City.
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