In his third installment in the riveting Jack Lark series, The Devil’s Assassin, Paul Fraser Collard thrusts the reader into the midst of the dangerous spy games and political machinations between Britain and Russia in the mid-1800s. Jack Lark is a quintessential rogue surviving on his wits, brilliantly skirting the lines between hero and anti-hero, and in this tale, Collard delves further into the layers of Jack’s psyche. The plot is fast-paced, the characters well-rounded, and the writing style is fluid and gripping. The Devil’s Assassin immerses the reader in the enthralling adventure and presents a gritty, authentic, rousing tale.
Bombay, 1857. Jack Lark is living precariously as an officer when his heroic but fraudulent past is discovered by the Devil – Major Ballard, the army’s intelligence officer. Ballard is gathering a web of information to defend the British Empire, and he needs a man like Jack on his side. Not far away, in Persia, the Shah is moving against British territory and, with the Russians whispering in his ear, seeks to conquer the crucial city of Herat. The Empire’s strength is under threat and the army must fight back.
As the British march to war, Jack learns that secrets crucial to the campaign’s success are leaking into their enemies’ hands. Ballard has brought him to the battlefield to end a spy’s deceit. But who is the traitor?