September 1810. Raids across the Straits of Messina to disrupt preparations for the French invasion of the island have been repulsed with heavy casualties. George Warne, a bright young British officer, suspects treachery back in Messina, and is ordered to investigate. Warne uncovers a shadowy underworld of spies, traitors and informers where nothing is quite as it seems and where danger lurks around every corner. If the long-threatened French invasion erupts will Sicily’s defenders be prepared?
Richard Hopton is an author, historian and journalist. He has published three works of non-fiction, and The Straits of Treachery will be his first historical novel. Richard graduated from the University of Oxford with an M.A. in Modern History. His interests include architecture, the British countryside, art, politics, cricket, racing and springer spaniels. He lives in Dorset with his wife and two children.