Forests of the Night: A Johnny Hawke Novel
This first book in a new series set in World War II-era London features ex-cop Johnny Hawke, who has just started a new career as a private investigator after a misfiring gun costs him an eye and a career in the army. As 1940 draws to a close, Johnny must solve the murder of a missing young woman, who has been leading two very different lives. He also becomes involved in the plight of a mysterious runaway boy, who witnessed something terrible.
Wartime London makes a satisfactory backdrop to this crime novel, adding intrigue to the overall mystery. While rather predictable, with a mundane ending, this is still a fine story and good murder mystery. Even when bravely facing danger, Johnny still finds time to help people in need, resulting in a likeable and caring hero who uses his wits and brains to solve the case. Davies’ debut will have mystery fans eagerly awaiting more Johnny Hawke novels.