Detailed characterisation, ironic dark humour relevant for the period, lots of historical references. Dramatic suspense and an unexpected ending. Left me wanting more, which is always the sign of a good read. – Amazon Review
Baker Street Irregular is an investigative spy thriller for fans of both espionage stories and classic hardboiled detective noir.
The allies have carved up the former empire of the short-lived, thousand-year Reich. Fractured post-war Berlin is a city crawling with spies and foreign agents. The police department is being run like a corrupt puppet of its Soviet masters. Decorated intelligence agent Bill Hoffmann is investigating the whereabouts and activities of an ex-Gestapo officer wanted by the British government for war crimes.
Suddenly a fellow agent ends up dead, surrounded by incriminating evidence that all points to Bill. A previous mission undercover in occupied Paris in 1944 appears to be somehow linked. Under threat from all sides, including his own, if he can solve the case and wrap up the investigation, he might also clear his name. He can trust no one.
All he has are his wits, questionable smoking habit and his trusty commando fighting knife.
Things are about to get even bloodier, but in Berlin, they’ve seen it all before.
Or have they?
Adult Themes: Due to the historical setting and genre, the story includes, but is not limited to, misogyny, racism, graphic violence and death, as well as briefly addressing issues such as sex, torture, suicide, rape and the Holocaust.
WHO WERE THE BAKER STREET IRREGULARS?
One of many nicknames given to the World War Two British spy networks of the Special Operations Executive due to their unconventional tactics and location of the headquarters on Baker Street in Central London.
About the Author
Craig W. Fisher hails from Kent, the Garden of England. An electrician, biker, former air cadet and Belgian beer aficionado, he is often found riding his motorcycle, watching Charlton Athletic lose at home or masquerading as a successful fisherman.
Inspired by his years of reading historical fiction and classic noir detective stories, his debut novel, Baker Street Irregular, fuses his passion for storytelling and a keen interest in military history. Written as a distraction from world events at the start of the 2020 pandemic, it was more than two years in the making. He was accompanied throughout by classic rock on the stereo and ably assisted by his miniature schnauzer, Vincent.