Dark Days in London Town


Corruption costs European economy 120 billion euros a year

The scene: a real London pea-souper. A lonely man overhears an ominous conversation. The dense swirling fog makes it impossible to identify the villains. Is there any way he can elucidate their planned crime and prevent it? This is the opening gambit of “Warrant for X” by Philip MacDonald, the ingenious inventor of howcatchems like “The List of Adrian Messenger.” London’s weather has formed a backdrop for literature both high and low. In Christine L. Corton’s beautifully illustrated “London Fog: The Biography,” the mysterious…