Lemuel Stanhope-Swift—sixth Viscount Bessacarr and semi-professional cad—has for ages been on the lam from British justice, holed up in a tropical paradise and slowly drinking himself to death with a succession of young lovelies whose names he doesn't bother to recall. But when he's diagnosed with terminal cancer, he is struck with a sentimental desire to say farewell to the daughter he abandoned years ago. Back on British soil, Lem finds that Her Majesty's secret service has arranged a welcome-home party of sorts. They'd be delighted to help Lem see his daughter, they say. But they would like a wee something in exchange. It seems that Lem's father some while ago defected to Moscow. He was quiet as a bunny for the longest time, but now he's started stirring up trouble. So if Lem wouldn't mind, they'd like him to terminate Papa. And with, you know, rather extreme prejudice. Traitor's Blood is an action-packed espionage thriller by the endlessly versatile Reginald Hill.
"Hill remains one of the finest mystery writers of our era"—Booklist
"A perfect mixture of tension and mordant humor that should satisfy the most demanding reader"—Publishers Weekly
Who's likely to like this: Fans of Ross Thomas
2009 • Fiction/Mystery • 336 pages • ISBN: 9781934609187