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Reviewed in Australia on 1 January 2016
One of my favourites in the Inspector Troy series, this book has everything. Lawton has the wonderful gift of being able to take the reader into the heart of whatever time and place that he has focused on, so be warned, the first quarter of this book deals with anti-Semitic Vienna and Auschwitz in ways that are both scarifying and unforgettable. The cellist Meret, its eponymous heroine (the lily of the field), is the principal character of this long section, and Lawton finely judged writing ensures that her tragic life (and that of another character whom we know from earlier books), stays with the reader long after the lend of the book. A literary tour de force in the guise of an enigmatic thriller, this atmospheric and intriguing book is highly recommended.
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