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Face of the Enemy (New York in Wartime Mysteries)by Joanne Dobson
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"Set mostly in December 1941, this disappointing first in a new series from Dobson (Death Without Tenure) and Myers (Her Deadly Mischief) focuses on a group of young women living at a Brooklyn boarding house. Nurse Louise Hunter has her eyes opened to the era's rampant bigotry when the artist Masako Fumi Oakley, the Japanese-born wife of one of her patients, is interned by the FBI on Ellis Island soon after the Pearl Harbor attack. Masako's situation becomes more dire after the murder of her art dealer places her under suspicion. Intent on preventing wartime passions from leading to an innocent woman's conviction, Louise turns for help to her housemate Cabby Ward, an ambitious reporter, and an unusually open-minded cop, Lt. Michael McKenna. Time capsule references (movies, radio, clothing, etc.) do little to compensate for stereotypical characters and an overwrought plot. Agent: Damaris Rowland. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
December 1941: America reels from the brutal attack on Pearl Harbor. Both patriotism and paranoia grip New York as the city frantically mobilizes for war. Nurse Louise Hunter is outraged when the FBI, in a midnight sweep of prominent Japanese residents,storms in to arrest her patient’s wife. The desperately ill Professor Oakley is married to Masako Fumi. The nurse vows to help the professor free Masako. But when the murdered body of Masako’s art dealer is discovered in the gallery where he’d been closing down her controversial show, Masako’s troubles multiply. Homicide detective Michael McKenna doubts her guilt, but an ambitious G-man schemes to lever the homicide and ensuing espionage accusations into a political cause célèbre.
Struggling to focus on one man’s murder while America plunges into a worldwide war, Louise and McKenna defy both racism and ham-fisted government agents in order to expose the real killer.
About the Author
Joanne Dobson, a former English professor at Fordham University, is the author of the Professor Karen Pelletier mystery series from Doubleday and Poisoned Pen Press. She won an Agatha nomination for QUIETER THAN SLEEP, the first book in the series, the novels have been widely reviewed, including in the NEW YORK TIMES, and in 2001 the adult- readers division of the New York Library Association named her Noted Author of the Year, as the writer whose books they most enjoyed recommending to their patrons.
Beverle Graves Myers lives in Louisville, Kentucky. She practiced psychiatry at a public mental health clinic before making a mid-life career switch to writing. In addition to the Helluva War series, her work includes the Tito Amato Mysteries set in 18th-century Venice and numerous short stories and articles. Visit her website at www.beverlegravesmyers.com.
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