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DCI Frank Merlin Returns in the Second Crime Thriller by Mark Ellis
‘Stalin’s Gold the next in an exciting series of crime novels set in London during the Second World War featuring a charismatic and intriguing half-Spanish detective, DCI Frank Merlin,’ observes Mark. ‘Historical characters like Churchill, Goering and Anthony Blunt all make their fictional appearances in the book.’
Former barrister, Mark, lives in West London and his first crime thriller Princes Gate (2011) was widely praised by crime fiction reviewers. ‘Ellis does a wonderful job of creating an atmosphere as thick as any 1940s London pea souper [...] and I have to admit once I’d read the opening chapters, I was well and truly hooked,’ said Milo’s Rambles. ‘We are quickly propelled into the atmosphere and feel of desperation [...] we can even share the fear as a plane passes high over the darkened streets and the instinct is to duck into an air-raid shelter...an interesting character and era, and I’d like to read more,’ commented Adrian Magson, writing for Shots Magazine.
Synopsis for Stalin’s Gold
DCI Frank Merlin of Scotland Yard, is asked to investigate the disappearance of Polish pilot Ziggy Kilinski from an RAF Squadron. Above London the Battle of Britain rages. Beneath the German bombers, the bombs and the dogfights Merlin and his officers also battle an epidemic of looting unleashed by the chaos and destruction of the Blitz. The pilot’s disappearance is surrounded by murder and treachery, the trail reaching from Spain to Russia and from Poland to England and involving of Aztec Gold, high politics and low cunning. The Polish government-in-
PUBLICATION DATE 2nd March 2014