Review of “The Shepherd File”

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“The Shepherd File” eBook was published in 2016 (original paper version published in 1966) and was written by Conrad Voss Bark (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conrad_Voss_Bark). Mr. Bark published 10 novels.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. This Mystery / Thriller is set in England. The exact time is unclear, but it looks to be mid 20th century.

The main character is W. Holmes, an advisor on security to the Prime Minister. The body of an MI5 agent, Shepherd, is pulled from the Thames. He had been on loan to the Foreign Office to investigate an odd chemical plant in the Libyan desert. He returned abruptly to England, met with a beautiful Russian agent, then turns up dead.

Holmes investigates and discovers that the chemical operation is producing LSD, but towards what end he is not sure. Most in the British government think that the agent had simply been seduced by the Russian woman. They want to write him off as a traitor, or at least a man with poor judgement.

Holmes continues to dig and fears that there is a bigger threat to England and world peace. Holmes takes a few risks to seek the evidence he feels sure is just out of his reach.

I spent 4.5 hours with this short 174 page novel and enjoyed it. The Holmes is not Sherlock, but he seems like a modern version. You could tell from the story that it was older, but for the most part it still reads well. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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