City of Secrets
A MysteryA Miranda Corbie Mystery (Volume 2)
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St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429983877304 Pages
Miranda Corbie is back in this sequel to City of Dragons. "Impressive...Stanley's hard-boiled, strong female sleuth stalks Hammett's San Francisco and does the job with all the panache of Sam Spade. Readers will eagerly await the next installment in this exciting new series." --Booklist (starred)
When Pandora Blake is murdered at San Francisco's 1940 World Fair and her body marked with an anti-Semitic slur, Miranda is soon entangled in a web of deceit and betrayal that is only overshadowed by the threat of impending war. With a strong female protagonist more steel than silk and a mystery that will grip you until the last page, this sequel to the critically-acclaimed City of Dragons will appeal to fans of noir and historical mysteries.
Pandora was still pretty. White skin, blond hair. Roots not faded back to black and brown. Stretched across the platform, breasts firm, nipples plump, pubic hair shaved. Head hung over the edge, upside down. Frozen, still, marble....
Praise for City of Secrets
“The historical details shine in this perfectly drawn mystery.... This shows how historical mystery can not only re-create the sights but also the atmosphere of the time.” —RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)
“Stanley's brittle prose and period touches effectively capture the feeling of '40s noir.” —Kirkus Reviews
“In best pulp fiction style, suspects lounge about with slick hair and cheap suits, blondes are chain-smoking broads, and the nightclubs are smoky and languid.” —Publishers Weekly
“Engrossing.... Stanley brings 1940s San Francisco to life with her meticulously detailed, hard-boiled novel.” —Library Journal
In the Press
Read the Kirkus Review of CITY OF SECRETS . Frisco is rocked by a brutal serial killer with a raw streak of anti-Semitism. - Kirkus Reviews