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Bill Walker, author

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

Surrounded by lies. Haunted by questions. One man’s quest for truth could expose the treason of the century. London, 1984. Michael Thorley, Jr. regrets never knowing his father. Taken from him by the war before he was born, Michael consoles himself by helping families track down the final resting places of lost soldiers. But when he’s flooded by requests for unlisted conscripts from a non-existent regiment, he’s plunged into a treacherous forty-year-old mystery powerful figures would rather remain buried… Shaken by the revelation, Michael has barely begun to unearth the facts when an alluring woman turns up on his doorstep begging to speak with his late dad. And now convinced his father’s death was suspicious, the two follow a trail leading to deceitful double lives and shocking Soviet secrets that could get them both killed. Can Michael uncover a blood-drenched conspiracy before he’s sent to his own unmarked grave? D-NOTICE is a heart-stopping Cold War thriller. If you like complex characters, twisted coverups, and nail-biting escapes, then you’ll love Bill Walker’s breathtaking tale.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10


Plot: This is an incredibly exciting, fast-paced story, flowing smoothly between the 1940s and the 1980s. D-Notice is an exciting mystery that is sprinkled with some threads of history and romance, providing entry points for a wide array of readers.

Prose/Style: The language is clear and smooth. There are several parts in German and Russian that are not directly translated but are easily understood through context.

Originality: While books about WWII are not uncommon, this story covers an interesting perspective of the families of spies and the mixed web of loyalties.

Character Development/Execution: The protagonist shows growth during his journey to find out the truth about his father. While he does not find out exactly how he died, he learns many secrets about his family and readers witness see growth, maturity and, eventually, joy in a family of his own.

Date Submitted: April 01, 2021