Set just before and during The London Blitz, when the German Luftwaffe tried to bomb Britain out of World War II, The Black Mile by Mark Dawson is a crime thriller told from three perspectives
Brothers Frank and Charlie Murphy are police officers, and Henry Drake is a newspaper reporter with more than a few secrets, but all three are looking for The Blackout Ripper, a serial killer murdering prostitutes in the seedy West End of London.
I’m a fan of the British TV series Foyle’s War, which also involves the premise of the police “carrying on” and catching criminals against the backdrop of a world war. Like that excellent series, The Black Mile has plenty of atmospheric touches to keep the reader immersed as well as more than a few plotlines and red herrings along the way.
In what I think is a bold move, the author left several threads unresolved. I’m not sure if a sequel is planned, but I found the lack of closure to be realistic considering the circumstances.