The Danger of Life by Ken Lussey (Sutherland and Dubois #2)
English | 2019 | Mystery/Thriller | ePUB | 417 kb
The Danger of Life : It is late 1942. Group Captain Robert Sutherland’s first week in charge of Military Intelligence 11’s operations in Scotland and northern England is not going smoothly. A murder at the Commando Basic Training Centre in the Highlands is being investigated by one of his teams, until events take an even darker turn that draws Bob in personally. He is also trying to discover who was behind an attempt to steal an advanced reconnaissance aircraft from a military airfield in Fife, an investigation made no easier by the perpetrator’s death.
The complication he could really live without comes via a telephone call from Monique Dubois in MI5. An operation she’s been running in Glasgow, without Bob or anyone else knowing, has gone badly wrong, and she wants him to intervene before it is entirely compromised.
The Danger of Life is a fast-paced thriller set in Scotland during the Second World War. It is Ken’s second novel to feature Bob Sutherland and Monique Dubois and picks up not long after the end of his first, Eyes Turned Skywards. The action moves back and forth across Scotland, with much of it set in Lochaber, where the present war intersects with another conflict that took place two centuries earlier: with deadly consequences.
“Bob remembered he was supposed to be letting Buchan take the lead. ‘Of course.’
Flight Lieutenant Rutherford stood up. ‘It might be most convenient if I brought him in here. As I said before, he’s a good lad and he’s had a shock,’ he said, looking at Bob. ‘Go easy on him will you, sir?’
Corporal Fred Taylor looked like he hadn’t yet seen his twentieth birthday and wore his uniform and white-topped service cap as if it belonged to someone else. He was obviously extremely nervous.
‘Hello, Corporal,’ said Bob. ‘Take a seat. I’m Group Captain Sutherland and I’m here mainly as an observer. This is Flight Lieutenant Buchan, from Military Intelligence Section 11, based in Edinburgh, and this is Sergeant Bennett, also of MI11.’
‘Am I in trouble, sir?’ asked the corporal.
‘We are here mainly to find out what the intruder you discovered last night was trying to achieve and why he was here. Could you start by telling us what happened?’
‘I was on routine foot patrol, sir, over at the dispersal used by the photo reconnaissance squadron. It was about 1.30 a.m. and I thought I heard a noise coming from one of the parked aircraft. It was dark, of course, but the moon’s not far off full, so there was some light coming through gaps in the cloud. Then I caught a brief flash of torchlight and another sound, which I thought was the aircraft access hatch being opened.’
‘What did you do then?’ asked Flight Lieutenant Buchan. Bob was pleased that Buchan was keen to take over the interview.
‘I walked over towards the aircraft and then saw a movement underneath it. I shouted out a challenge and switched on my torch. I was about twenty yards from the aircraft and, in the light of the torch, saw a man in army uniform raising a pistol towards me.”