The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within

Book - 2016 | First edition
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Pentonville Prison. Wally Hubbard is serving a long sentence for arson. But after befriending and tricking one of the officers, Hubbard makes an audacious escape. Inspector Marmion, the detective who arrested Hubbard, is warned to watch his back, but it seems that Hubbard has another target in his murderous sights. However, the investigation is mired in confusion, the identities of killer and victim become increasingly ambiguous. An inmate at an internment camp who might be a spy sending intelligence to the Germans complicates matters further, and the multiplying manhunts, as well as Marmion's concern for his injured and withdrawn son Paul, leave the detective desperate and perhaps with too many threads to untangle.
Publisher: London : Alison & Busby Limited, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780749020484
0749020482
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY MARSTON
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 25 cm

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May 14, 2018

Inspector Harvey Marmion and Sergeant Joe Keedy are working on finding one of the criminals they had previously incarcerated, who had escaped from Pentonville Prison. Of course, the warden and Commissioner Chatfield are breathing heavily down their necks for results, when Marmion's brother, who is with the Salvation Army, asks Harvey to investigate the murder of one of the men in his shelter. Two investigations at once is a bit much, but they manage to find out who the victim in the Salvation Army men's shelter is and track down his killer while simultaneously realizing that they are two steps behind Wally Hubbard, the escaped prisoner, who has an obsession about killing a man who was responsible for the downfall and death of Wally's daughter. While all this is going on, Marmion's wife is attempting to cope with their son, Paul, who has recovered his sight, but seems to have shellshock from his tour of duty in WWI. After being totally reprehensible, Paul leaves home and disappears. The solutions to all these problems, are not wonderful, but they are realistic, and Marston has done his usual great job of weaving the characters and plot into an exciting story.

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