April 16, 2014
-- Crime novelist Mark Ellis dives back into 1940s London with his second Frank Merlin historical thriller. Following on from the acclaimed Princes Gate, Mark’s new novel, Stalin’s Gold, takes us to the heart of Moscow and London as the war rages and treachery unfurls.
‘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-
exile, Kilinski’s comrades in arms, a disgraced Cambridge don, Stalin’s men in London and others all become embroiled in Merlin’s enquiries. As Hitler reluctantly accepts that the defiance of the RAF has destroyed his chances of invasion, a violent shoot-out in Hampstead and its consequences lead Merlin closer to a solution.
PUBLICATION DATE 2nd March 2014