The Writers’ Practice is thrilled to announce that HB Lyle’s The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy, will be published by Quercus US in November.
‘HB Lyle has found the golden thread between Bond & Holmes in a thriller that engages on every page,’ Giles Foden.
As a boy, he spied for Sherlock Holmes. As a man, he must save the Empire’
‘London 1909: The British Empire seems invulnerable. But Captain Vernon Kell, head of counter-intelligence at the War Office, knows better. In Russia, revolution; in Germany, an arms race; in London, the streets are alive with foreign terrorists. Kell wants to set up a Secret Service, but to convince his political masters he needs proof of a threat – and to find that, he needs an agent he can trust. The playing fields of Eton may produce good officers, but not men who can work undercover in a munitions factory that appears to be leaking secrets to the Germans.
Kell needs Wiggins. Trained as a child by Kell’s old friend Sherlock Holmes – he led a gang of urchin investigators known as the Baker Street Irregulars – Wiggins is an ex-soldier with an expert line in deduction and the cunning of a born street fighter. ‘The best’, says Holmes.
Fast-paced, action-packed, full of twists, The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy marks the arrival of a brilliant new writer.’