THE HUNGRY BLADE
A Roy Hawkins Thriller
by Lawrence Dudley
Pub Date 21 Jan 2020
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The author of New York Station returns with a riveting new WWII-era spy thriller featuring Roy Hawkins.
Can Hawkins cut through the fog of war in time to stop a Nazi plot? Forty stolen masterpieces. Two continents. One man. Roy Hawkins. Sometimes who you’re fighting is less than important than what you’re fighting for.
Forty modern masterpieces are found concealed on a neutral ship in international waters sixteen months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Their provenance is sketchy and their final destination unknown. The Royal Navy suspects the works are “degenerate art” seized by the Nazis and shipped across the Atlantic to create cash for their covert operations. But how to prove it?
There’s only one man for the job—Roy Hawkins. The British Secret Intelligence Service has put their half-American star agent in tough spots before and he’s always come out on top. But this time Hawkins is headed to Mexico, where the vibrant art scene and tight-knit German expatriate community obscure the paintings’ ultimate purpose. As he tracks the art from Veracruz to Mexico City, Hawkins struggles to see the Nazis’ endgame. For the first time, he doesn’t speak the language and he doesn’t know the players—but he does know how to fight Fascists. Problem is, in the “get along and go along” culture of wartime profiteering, distinguishing between the true believers and the opportunists is no easy task.
Can Hawkins untangle the false leads and double crosses before the Nazis realize their sinister plan?
Praise For New York Station
“Dudley builds a fast-paced political thriller full of intrigue, with a mysterious and resourceful female lead and just enough twists to keep the reader honest. Based in part on actual events—which Dudley explores in the acknowledgement—New York Station is written in short, quick chapters perfect for a robust political thriller…The timeliness of the plot and the complex story make this a worthy read.”
-Historical Novels Review
“A World War II–era historical spy thriller with uncanny relevance to today’s real-life political intrigue, based on the true story of the Nazis’ attempt to intervene in the 1940 United States presidential election.”
“A multifaceted protagonist who’s a refreshing change from formulaic genre leads lifts this gritty spy thriller from Dudley.”
“This is a thrilling WWII spy adventure with a classic love-versus-duty story, robust characters, and a nice sense of time and place…A good, solid thriller.”
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