Two Top Notch Thrillers

TNT-LusitaniaIn a unique ‘double’, the latest titles from Top Notch Thrillers  (published this week) are by writers also known for their paintings: Raymond Hitchcock (1922-1992) and Reg Gadney.

Raymond Hitchcock’s The Lusitania Plot (first published in 1979 as ‘Attack the Lusitania!’), is  gripping World War I conspiracy thriller based on the infamous sinking of the ocean liner Lusitania in 1915, an incident which still arouses controversy to this day. Hitchcock worked in the telecommunications industry after serving in the British army during WW2, but soon discovered a talent for drawing cartoons for Punch and for painting, mounting exhibitions of his work in London and Oxford.

TNT-SomewhereSomewhere in England (1971) – dealing with the hunt for a Nazi war criminal – was the second novel of Reg Gadney, a former soldier and tutor at the Royal College of Art. As well as writing more than a dozen novels and non-fiction works (including  a study of John Constable), Reg has also enjoyed success as a scriptwriter for television, most notably for his five-hour drama series Kennedy (1983) and for his adaption of Minette Walters’ The Sculptress for the BBC (1996). Now a respected painter as well as a writer, his latest one-man show ‘Portraits’ opened in London in May 2014. Part of Somewhere in England  is set on the Suffolk coast and the TNT edition cover shows the oil painting  “River Alde”, one of a series of Suffolk views done by Reg Gadney in 2000.

A feature on the two authors and further information on the books can be found on the Ostara website at:


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10 Responses to Two Top Notch Thrillers

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Oh, that’s great news, Sergio! Thanks for sharing it. Always happy to hear about it when good work like this finds new life.

  2. Ostara are doing such a good job aren’t they? Their discoveries and re-publications are wonderful.

  3. Paul S says:

    I like the sound of these two. Described by the New Statesman as: ‘Tense, razor-sharp and excellent value’, would you say “Somewhere in England” is a good introduction to Reg Gadney?

  4. Sergio, thanks for sharing this. I remember reading about the Lusitania incident. I have read fiction by musicians but none by painters, I think.

  5. tracybham says:

    Both books sound just like my type of reading. I checked out the page at Ostara Publishing and I liked the paintings very much and the additional info about the authors. Thanks for letting us know about this.

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