Late June, early July 2021.
X for Extortion
Book2: The Seventh of December Series
“There’s no deal unless you tell me who killed Lucretia, Thomas! For the love of God, I have to know—”
“There was no heart attack, Philippe—I guess you’ve worked that out already. It was a bullet, fired by a trained assassin.”
“Who was it who shot her?” he demanded angrily, slamming his fist on the table.
“I did,” I said, after a suitably dramatic pause.
He threw his head back and laughed loudly, his arms crossed over his chest.
“You?” he said, once he had regained his breath. “You? Thomas Haupner, the violinist? The would-be army officer from some stupid, derelict relic of the British Empire? A trained assassin?”
After returning from a secret mission in occupied France for His Royal Highness, George, the Duke of Kent, Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Haupner is looking forward to a cup of tea, a hot bath, and the sleepy head of his American lover, Major Henry Reiter on his shoulder when he wakes up the next morning.
However, along with items he’s recovered for the duke, Tommy has discovered a secret stash of documents, which, when opened, prove to be a poisoned chalice. Tommy and Shorty find themselves caught up in a dangerous web of lies, enemy agents, assassins, and traitors. In an effort to save the reputations of not only their friends, but men and women high in both society and in the government, they themselves become victims of I.K.S., a former World War One international extortion ring, which has risen, phoenix-like from the ashes of bomb-devastated London.
X for Extortion is an action-packed spy thriller that plays out on both sides of the Atlantic, in which kidnap, blackmail, torture, and death are not only possibilities, but also the stark realities of a secret Nazi organisation that will stop at nothing in order to achieve its ends.