Night's Black Agents As still, dark and menacing as the canals that provide its setting, Night’s Black Agents draws the reader into a tale of passion, murder and intrigue in 1930’s Birmingham.
Mild-mannered Clifford Benyon, landlord of the Belle Vue Hotel, is tortured by his wife’s flagrant affair with one of his customers, Thomas Beech. Pushed beyond the limits of endurance, Benyon hires itinerant canal boatman Ezra Talbot, to kill his wife’s lover. But, the murder committed, a deadly momentum envelops the publican as events spiral out of control. Night's Black Agents was short-listed for the £5,000 Lichfield Prize and the John Creasey Best First Crime Novel award.
Philip Oakes, writing in The Literary Review described the book as ‘a tale of crime and punishment that Zola would not disown’.