"I particularly enjoyed the atmosphere and feeling of being out and about during those early days of the war. "
Set in the London of 1940, this story tells of the struggles of Detective Chief Inspector Frank Merlin as he investigates the deaths both of a brilliant scientist in a hit and run accident and of a young attractive woman working for the American embassy. He is hampered by the reluctance of the powers that be to upset any members of the American embassy at a time when support from the USA is vital to the war effort. He is convinced, however, that the solution lies within the walls of the embassy.
The Ambassador, Joseph Kennedy, is well known for his belief that it would be a mistake for the USA to be dragged into a war that he feels Britain will inevitably lose. He would not therefore be amenable to Merlin investigating his staff and questioning their relationship with known appeasers within the British government. Likewise, those known appeasers are unwilling to be very co-operative.
Merlin carries on without a lot of support from his superiors who are also being pressurised to find solutions without involving any sensitive issues.