Read 3 books by John Lawton
The latest in his Fred Troy series - #8 I think, Friends and Traitors, 2017. Very good writer and entertaining mysteries. Troy an interesting UK policeman at times, a spy at times, with his crazy Russian family in the background. Interesting historical info as well. Good spy books. Good sense of humour woven in to each book.
Found another couple of books by him, different characters but Troy plays a walk on role in each book.
Then we take Berlin, the first of the two. Joe Wilderness is the protagonist. "Cat burglar, card sharp, and Cockney wide boy, the last thing he wants is to get drafted. But in 1946 he finds himself in the Royal Air Force, facing a stretch in military prison" from Amazon.ca
The Unfortunate Englishman, Joe Wilderness novel - the second one. Hope he keeps writing about both characters. The construction of the Berlin Wall plays role, interesting to read about.