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Over and Out

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Michael Gilbert on the back cover of Mr. Calder and Mr. Behrens, 1982

Over and Out is a historical thriller by the British crime writer Michael Gilbert, first published in England by Robert Hale and by G.K. Hall & Company in the United States in 1999. It was Gilbert's 30th and final novel and the third of the trilogy featuring his last set of recurring characters, Luke Pagan and Joe Narrabone. Set in the final two years of World War I, 1917 and 1918, it has, along with its fictional characters and situations, references to actual events of the time, and several actual historical personages also play roles in the book. Gilbert, who was appointed CBE in 1980, was a founder-member of the British Crime Writers' Association. The Mystery Writers of America named him a Grand Master in 1988[1] and in 1990 he was presented Bouchercon's Lifetime Achievement Award.[2]


Luke Pagan, who had been a youthful London policeman before joining Vernon Kell and his newly formed MO5 (later renamed MI5] intelligence service in 1913, a year before the outbreak of war, has now transferred to the military Intelligence Corps.


From Publishers Weekly, which writes pre-publication reviews for the publishing industry and libraries:


From Booklist:

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  1. Michael Gilbert (obituary), 10 February 2006. Retrieved on 13 November 2012.
  2. History of Guests of Honor. Retrieved on 5 July 2014.
  3. Publishers Weekly at [1]
  4. Booklist at [2]