David Stuart Davies is the author of numerous novels featuring Sherlock Holmes as well as several non-fiction books about the Baker Street detective including the movie volume Starring Sherlock Holmes. David is a committee member of the Crime Writers’ Association and edits their monthly magazine. Matthew Booth is the author of Sherlock Holmes and the Giant’s Hand and a scriptwriter for the American radio network, Imagination Theatre, syndicated by Jim French Productions, contributing particularly to their series:The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Matthew is an author in the MX Publishing Undershaw Preservation project, having contributed to their anthologies of new Sherlock Holmes stories.
Set in 1942, Without Conscience finds Rachel Howells in London for the first time, trapped in a web of violence. Her companion, army deserter Harryboy Jenkins, will stop at nothing--not even murder--to enjoy his illicit freedom. Meanwhile, private detective Johnny Hawke is involved in the bizarre murder of one of his clients. At the same time he is trying to find Peter, the runaway boy he had befriended in an earlier case.
Inexorably the paths of Harryboy and Johnny grow closer together until they collide with frightening consequences.
This is a stunning follow-up to the critically acclaimed Forests of the Night and is sure to win Davies a whole new set of fans.
When World War II breaks out in London, young policeman John Hawke enlists in the army. His dreams of fighting for his country, however, are cut short after he loses an eye in rifle training. Invalided out of the army and offered a desk job with the police, John sets up as a private investigator in London instead, hoping for excitement and danger.
In the autumn of 1940, John is engaged to investigate the mysterious death of a young woman. What is the connection between her brutal murder and the fading film actor Gordon Moore? Johnny also becomes involved in the plight of a runaway boy who may have witnessed something terrible.
Told with wit and humor, while evoking an atmospheric picture of the home front during the dark days of the Second World War, Forests of the Night is an impressive U.S. debut for David Stuart Davies.