1952. Seven years since the end of World War II yet the country is still deeply affected by what happened and the after-effects. Frank is an itinerant casual worker, and stories about his war experiences vary. Reserved occupation? Conscientious objector? Deserter? Nobody seems sure, but one thing is clear – Frank is always looking over his shoulder and moving on at the first sign of trouble. A move to London finds him working in a bar where he falls for Grace, the unhappily married wife of the landlord, Dennis. So when Dennis is murdered, the police naturally assume it is a crime of passion. Maybe it is time for Frank to move on again? The book is described as a thriller, but to me, it didn’t have the fast-paced, edgy feel I would normally associate with the genre. Instead, it moves at an unhurried pace, allowing the reader to savour all the subtleties of the story. I thought the book was so beautifully written and the characters so rounded and well developed that trying to slot it into a genre mould like “thriller” really doesn’t do justice to it. A great story, a great read, a well-planned plot and a clever ending all add up to a very memorable book that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Jane Willis, A LoveReading Ambassador
Where can a wanted man hide in a country full of returned war heroes?
It’s 1952 and Frank Danby has been looking over his shoulder for the last ten years, forced to lead an itinerant life, getting work wherever he can while trying to keep one step ahead of the police.
Returning to London, he finds a job in an East End pub, where he becomes entangled with Grace, the young and beautiful wife of the landlord. Then the law comes knocking. Facing a justice system prejudiced against him, Frank must find a way to escape the gallows.
Too Many Heroes is a gripping period thriller, exploring love, belonging and betrayal in a country still recovering from WW2.
|Publication date:||6th August 2019|
|Author:||Jan Turk Petrie|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
Closing date: 07/11/2021
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This is a really good book.
This is a really good book. This is about a man named Frank Danby and his life after going AWOL. Frank is able to live within communities to make a living before moving on to the next town. Then he meets Grace and Dennis. Grace and Frank are attracted to one another. When Dennis is found dead in the river, Frank is the first suspect, when they realise that they are dealing with a murder. It has many twists, as to who the culprit is, even though there are a few for sure who should be considered. Anyone who chooses this story will enjoy the quick, easy read that they will get from this book.
As a writer, Jan Turk Petrie is always keen to challenge herself and come up with something original. Her first published novels – the three volumes that make up The Eldísvík Trilogy – are Nordic noir thrillers set some fifty years in the future. Her fourth novel - ‘Too Many Heroes’ – is, by contrast, a period romantic thriller set in the early 1950s. Jan’s fifth novel - ‘Towards the Vanishing Point’ is a work of historical literary fiction. Before becoming a writer, Jan was an ...More About Jan Turk Petrie