The Red Ribbon: An Irregular Spy Thriller (Hardback)
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The Red Ribbon: An Irregular Spy Thriller (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 23/08/2018
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A Financial Times thriller of the year

The thrilling follow up to The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy, featuring Wiggins - an ex-soldier who was trained as a child by Sherlock Holmes.

Praise for The Irregular

'H.B. Lyle has found the golden thread between Bond and Holmes' Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland

'Impressive period detail and sharp dialogue add charm to the strong plot' Daily Mail

'A thrilling story of espionage, murder and the creation of the Secret Service' Charles Cumming, author of A Colder War

Captain Vernon Kell's fledgling secret intelligence service is under pressure. It's meant to root out German spies and quell foreign threats, but with few results it faces closure.

Harassed by politicians, like the ambitious Winston Churchill, bullied by Special Branch, undermined by his colleague Cumming's ill-advised foreign ventures and alarmed at his wife's involvement with militant suffragettes, Kell is making no progress in tracking high-profile leaks from the government. To make matters worse, his only agent, Wiggins, would rather be working on cases of his own.

Wiggins grew up on the streets, one of the urchins trained in surveillance by Sherlock Holmes and known as the Baker Street Irregulars. He has promised to avenge the death of his best friend, and to track down a missing girl.

But when his search takes him towards a club in Belgravia - a club containing a lot of young women and presided over by the fearsome Big T, one of his former gang-mates - Wiggins is drawn into a conspiracy that will test both his personal and his professional resolve.

A satisfying, standalone sequel to The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy, H.B. Lyle's brilliantly entertaining spy story is also a superb evocation of London in 1910, from the finest drawing rooms to the meanest streets.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781473655485
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 242 x 161 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Clever and witty. Readers will hope to see plenty more of Wiggins * Publishers Weekly *
Praise for The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy * - *
A thrilling story of espionage, murder and the creation of the Secret Service -- Charles Cumming, author of A Colder War

A flavoursome smorgasbord that features not only Holmes but also Winston Churchill, this is irresistible stuff

-- Barry Forshaw, Guardian
A fine first entry in what promises to be a great new series. Wiggins is a captivating hero, and Lyle draws his Edwardian backstreets in convincing colour. The game is most definitely afoot. -- Mick Herron, author of Slow Horses

A good deal of excitement and some enjoyable riffing on both the history of espionage and the Conan Doyle canon, with cameos of everybody from Winston Churchill to Mr Holmes himself... the book is a treat

* Sunday Express *
Impressive period detail and sharp dialogue add charm to the strong plot * Daily Mail *
H.B. Lyle has found the golden thread between Bond and Holmes in a thriller which engages on every page -- Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland
HISTORICAL CRIME WRITERS' PANEL

HISTORICAL CRIME WRITERS' PANEL

Canterbury - Rose Lane
Thursday 25th July 18:30

Anthony Riches' Scorpion's Strike is the latest book in his Empire series of books on Roman Gaul. Freed slaves and local rebels cause havoc in this tale from 'a master of the genre' (The Times).S.D. Sykes', 'The medieval CJ Sansom' (Jeffery Deaver) will speak about The Bone Fire, a nail-biting tale of Kent in 1361, when plague compels some to make brutal choices. ' With her cliché-free sharpness, she is a medieval Raymond Chandler' (The Independent).H.B. Lyle's Red Ribbon is the latest tale of Vernon Kell, one of Sherlock Holmes' 'Baker Street Irregulars', the urchins he trained in detection. Come and hear Lyle, a new voice on the thriller writer scene described as 'captivating' by Mick Herron, 'irresistible' by The Guardian, and 'consistently convincing' by Charles Cumming.

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