Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Set against the backdrop of a politically tense atmosphere, with the war looming ahead, Baltimore Logic by Basil Truscott is a thriller that explores the theme of espionage. It is 1939 and 33-year-old Martin Victor is comfortable with his teaching job when he receives a telegram that orders him to report to the Navy. It is not a mere interview as he quickly realizes that he has an important role to play in outwitting the Japanese and German spies who want nothing but US secrets. War looms ahead, and for America to beat the Axis powers, they not only have to play against the rules but do so very smartly. Follow Martin and his companions through the rough streets of Baltimore and Washington DC as they cause havoc to the enemy, using a logic that is atypical and setting new rules in the game of espionage.
This is an engaging story with rock-solid characters. The author wastes no time in introducing the premise, and it is strong. I was hooked from the opening that skillfully introduces the story with an encounter. The novel is well-researched and Basil Truscott did an impeccable job in capturing in clear prose the fever of the days leading up to the war. The cast of characters features career professionals from the FBI and the police and a counterintelligence project that is exciting, fraught with danger, and acts that will have readers rooting for the characters. Baltimore Logic is filled with humor and I loved the strong writing. It is packed with action and is fast-paced, a novel that will keep readers turning the pages until they reach the satisfying denouement.