NOHO by James Davis

Rating: 3 Stars
Genre: Thriller & Suspense
File size: 1979 KB
ISBN-10: 1907954120
ISBN-13: 978-1907954122
Pages: 232

Kudos to James Davis for writing a fast-paced and intriguing historical thriller. NOHO kept me turning the pages (in spite of the lack of editing) to see what happens to Nick Valentine, a WWI survivor. The story takes place in the 1930s near London’s SOHO region. Nick finds a dead woman’s body and becomes implicated in her murder. To extricated himself from charges, he must work undercover for the British Intelligence. What Nick uncovers is more than what his handlers had thought he was capable of discovering.

The title NOHO is never explained. Perhaps the name is evident to a Londoner, but not to this American. A google search revealed that NOHO is a modern term for an area north of Soho that for decades had been known as Fitzrovia, which is mentioned in the novel. Is the title anachronistic? It surely was not relevant, at least to me, as part of the story.

In short, this first novel by James Davis is an entertaining thriller. I hope he writes another book and gets it edited.