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A Little White Death

Narrated by: Sara Coward
Series: Frederick Troy, Book 3
Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
3 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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Publisher's Summary

1963. England is about to explode. An ageing hack defects to Russia. A cabinet minister resigns. A young woman takes an overdose. A Harley Street physician blows out his brains. Commander Troy investigates. But what with the sex and the drugs, he finds that he's up to his neck in the mess, personally and professionally. The damn thing might blow up in his face, and the English can be so unforgiving of a good scandal.
©1998 John Lawton (P)1998 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

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"A haunting novel, transcending the bounds of genre fiction." ( Daily Telegraph)
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Good but a bit random

Story is too long. The beginning is just a long ramble at the start before it gets meaty and after the main mystery is solved the book could end but drags on unnecessarily for at least another hour. The voice is a bit disconcerting having the male lead narrated by a woman does not work and after listening to earlier books is very hard to get used to.

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  • Benjamin
  • 22-08-2006

BORING

This production was so dry and witless that I gave up after about two hours. The plot was hard to follow and the characters were hard to care about.

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  • David
  • 05-09-2012

Lawton does it again.

This is another entry in wonderful Alex Troy series. Lawton's revival of the world of England from the late '30s to the early '60s is among the most faithful I have read. Each novel covers a span of that time and contains snippets of actual modified history, lending the stories a compellingly fresh quality.

If you aren't familiar with London or English history during those years or are unfamiliar with English slang, some parts of this novel may be somewhat difficult. The writing is first-rate and the characterization, while somewhat more colorful than real life, is interesting and vivid.

The reader, Sara Coward, is wonderful. Her steady, controlled performance makes this book a joy to listen to.

I highly recommend this book to Anglophiles, particularly those with an interest mid-century history.

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  • Pat
  • 05-09-2007

Total Dud

I agree with shadowdoc about the characters exciting no empathy. I couldn't care less about them. I did stick with it a bit longer than he, and found the very explicit sex scenes not only quite irritating, to the point of being disgusting, but gratuitous. I did want to find out where the early thread was going but totally lost interest after the author seemed to. I definitely cannot reccommend it and am 'dumping' it half way.

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  • Rob
  • 04-11-2018

Couldn’t get into the book because of the narration

The narration of this book is simply awful compared to the previous novels. Why do the publishers change such things.

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  • The Curator
  • 29-01-2020

Older and even more cynical

First of all, let’s get the narration out of the way. So it’s a bit annoying when an excellent narrator is swapped for another but Sara Coward does a good job here. The reviewer who said a woman couldn’t narrate this story because it’s all about men (🙄) needs a long hard look in the mirror.

Anyway, despite never quite getting a grip on what order any of this series takes place in, I thoroughly enjoyed this Profumo-esque story. It’s definitely one of the darker and more cynical stories in the series but very satisfying.

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  • The Fool
  • 21-05-2019

Lewis Hancock is perfect for Lawton, unfortunately...

The reader does as good a job as she can but it's an odd choice to have a female actor reading a book in which all the key characters are men. Doubly so when Lewis Hancock fits hand in glove with Lawton's excellent books.

Lawton and Hancock turn the Troy and Wilderness books into works of art so this is frustrating. A real pity they didn't use Hancock for this one. I guess they had a good reason.

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  • Simon1971
  • 09-07-2018

The best Troy

Not the last book written but the book set the latest in Troy’s life. Spans every event in London in 1963 wonderully well. Cannot recommend highly enough. Stands very well as a single book.
Massive praise for Sara Coward’s narration. Beautiful voice and helps with the enjoyment.