City of Ghosts

A Miranda Corbie Mystery (Volume 3)

Kelli Stanley

Minotaur Books

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June, 1940.

For the United States, war is on the horizon.

For Miranda Corbie, private investigator and erstwhile escort, there are debts to be paid and memories—long-suppressed and willfully forgotten—to be resurrected. Enter the U.S. State Department and the man who helped Miranda get her PI license. A man she owes. A man who asks her to track a chemistry professor here in San Francisco whom he suspects is a spy for the Nazis. Playing along may get Miranda a ticket to Blitz-bombed England and answers about her past…if she survives.

Through sordid back alleys and art gallery halls, from drag dress nightclubs to a Nazi costume ball, Miranda's journey into fear takes her on the famed City of San Francisco streamliner and to Reno, Nevada, the Biggest Little City in the World…where she finds herself framed for a murder she never anticipated. Forced to go underground, Miranda soldiers on alone, determined to find the truth about a murder, a Nazi spy, and her own troubling past.

But Miranda will have to learn the difference between reality and illusion, from despair to deceit and factual to fake, as she tries to get her life back…and navigates a City of Ghosts.

Miranda Corbie's back. Noir will never be the same.

And Kelli Stanley will once again mesmerize readers with the most thrilling novel yet in her award-winning series.

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Miranda watched as the thin arm, pocked and dotted with needle points, snaked under the dirt-gummed bars of the pawnshop.

Swan dance, like a prima ballerina. Except the fingernails were chipped and filthy, the muscle wasted from too much hop. She nodded to the pawnbroker, his chubby stomach still quaking, eyes darting from her to the arm. The Chinese was as rapid as his breath.

Hand froze, jade necklace still dancing in its grip.

She prodded the proprietor with her shoe and his eyes came back to her, wide and scared.

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Praise for City of Ghosts

Praise for City of Secrets

"Stanley's affection for San Francisco is obvious as she immerses her story in the sights, sounds and mood of 1940…Outstanding."—Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Engrossing…Stanley brings 1940s San Francisco to life with her meticulously detailed, hard-boiled novel…It’s neonoir in a classical five-act structure, starring one of crime’s most arresting heroines: angry, big-hearted, and fearless Miranda Corbie."—Library Journal (starred review)

"Lean and mean, Kelli Stanley’s gritty 1940s-set mystery series gives readers a compelling snapshot of the past—a past as smart, complex and jaded as her lead character, female P.I. Miranda Corbie. A razor-sharp, tightly-plotted noir page-turner."— Allison Brennan

Praise for City of Dragons

"Big and ambitious, both reverent and original. Author Kelli Stanley has her eye on greatness."—George Pelecanos

"A stunning recreation of time and place."—Robert B. Parker

"Impressive…Stanley has vividly re-created the atmosphere of the era…Readers will eagerly await the next installment in this exciting new hard-boiled series."—Booklist (starred review)

"Set in San Francisco in 1940, Stanley’s stunning first in a new series introduces a gutsy, independent heroine."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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About the Author

Kelli Stanley

KELLI STANLEY is the author of two previous Miranda Corbie mysteries, most recently the award-winning City of Secrets. The first in her highly acclaimed series, City of Dragons, has won the Macavity and Bruce Alexander awards for best historical mystery and was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a Shamus Award nominee. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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City of Ghosts
Kelli Stanley

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
8/5/2014
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250006745
ISBN10: 1250006740
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$26.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
8/5/2014
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250018052
ISBN10: 1250018056
336 pages
$12.99
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