The Bad Penny by John Blackburn
Trade Paperback – Valancourt – Jan 2014 – 125 pages
Ordinary men and women are suddenly going mad, committing brutal and horrific killings before slaying themselves in equally gruesome ways. General Charles Kirk of British Foreign Intelligence thinks the case has something to do with the most evil man he has ever known: Tommy Ryde, a British spy who defected to the Nazis during World War II and who seemed to possess a strange hypnotic power. But Ryde died forty years ago – or did he? Kirk and his colleague Bill Easter are determined to find out. The trail takes them first to Berlin to seek answers from a notorious Nazi war criminal, then to an underwater search of a sunken U-boat off the Scottish coast, and finally to the torture chambers beneath a madman’s Gothic castle in Dartmoor, where they will come face to face with the living incarnation of evil….