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The Irregular

(2017)
(The first book in the Irregular Spy series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Barry Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
As a boy, he spied for Sherlock Holmes. As a man, he must save the empire.

London, 1909: the British Empire seems invulnerable. But Captain Vernon Kell, head of counterintelligence at the War Office, knows better.

In Russia, revolution; in Germany, an arms race; in London, the streets are alive with foreign terrorists. Kell wants to set up a Secret Service, but to convince his political masters, he needs proof of a threat - and to find that, he needs an agent he can trust. The playing fields of Eton may produce good officers but not men who can work undercover in a munitions factory that appears to be leaking secrets to the Germans. Kell needs Wiggins.

Trained as a child by Kell's old friend Sherlock Holmes - he led a gang of urchin investigators known as the Baker Street Irregulars - Wiggins is an ex-soldier with an expert line in deduction and the cunning of a born street fighter. 'The best,' says Holmes. Wiggins turns down the job - he 'don't do official'. But when his best friend is killed by Russian anarchists, Wiggins sees that the role of secret agent could take him towards his sworn revenge.

Tracking the Russian gang, Wiggins meets a mysterious beauty called Bela, who saves his life. Working for Kell, he begins to unravel a conspiracy that reaches far beyond the munitions factory.

Fast paced, action packed, full of twists and violent, sometimes poignant shocks, The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy marks the arrival of a brilliant new writer.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"A thrilling story of espionage, murder and the creation of the Secret Service." - Charles Cumming

"H.B. Lyle has found the golden thread between Bond and Holmes in a thriller which engages on every page." - Giles Foden

"A fine first entry in what promises to be a great new series. Wiggins is a captivating hero, and Lyle draws his Edwardian backstreets in convincing color. The game is most definitely afoot." - Mick Herron


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Hardback Editions

November 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy
Author(s): H B Lyle
ISBN: 1-68144-027-X / 978-1-68144-027-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Quercus
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May 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy: (The Irregular Book 1)
Author(s): H B Lyle
ISBN: 1-4736-5534-X / 978-1-4736-5534-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Paperback Editions

October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy
Author(s): H B Lyle
ISBN: 1-68144-026-1 / 978-1-68144-026-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Quercus
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


February 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy: (The Irregular Book 1)
Author(s): H B Lyle
ISBN: 1-4736-5537-4 / 978-1-4736-5537-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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May 2017 : UK Paperback

Title: The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy
Author(s): H B Lyle
ISBN: 1-4736-5535-8 / 978-1-4736-5535-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   


Audio Editions

May 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy: The Irregular, Book 1
Author(s): H B Lyle
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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May 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy: The Irregular, Book 1
Author(s): H B Lyle
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy: The Irregular, Book 1
Author(s): H B Lyle
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

November 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy
Author(s): H B Lyle
Publisher: Quercus
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


May 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Irregular: A Different Class of Spy: (The Irregular Book 1)
Author(s): H B Lyle
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU