Maggie Hope, an accomplished MI-5 field agent, is working temporarily in the Special Operations Executive’s offices (SOE) in London. Unlike her fellow field agents, the desk jockeys who work at the SOE espouse a more subservient role for women – fetching coffee, filing papers. Maggie’s image and reputation as an agent should earn her the respect of her peers, but not here. In fact, women agents like Maggie, who work in the field risking their lives for queen and country, are considered expendable. They’re not provided any of the protections or benefits their male counterparts receive, something the SOE seems content to ignore.
Maggie is rescued from office duty by General Frain, the head of MI-5, who summons her back into service. Her mission: flush out the Blackout Beast, a Jack the Ripper copycat murderer targeting independent, professional women in London, women much like Maggie. The Beast kills with surgical precision and poses his victims’ bodies Ripper-style, down to the last gory detail. His latest gruesome killing, a young colleague of Maggie’s, hits awfully close to home. If the Beast’s motivation is to frighten and intimate women off the streets, he doesn’t know Maggie. “You want to play? All right, then, Jack—let’s do it.”
In this latest Maggie Hope novel, the perspectives of heroes, heroines, villains and victims converge into one finely crafted tale. The story is filled with the intrigue and deception that defined Nazi era London, and is a fitting tribute to the courageous women freedom-fighters who no one ever hears about, but should be forever grateful.