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City of Sharks

City of Sharks

A Miranda Corbie Mystery

A Miranda Corbie Mystery (Volume 4)

Kelli Stanley

Minotaur Books

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The blonde secretary was scared when she visited Miranda Corbie’s office. A shove into a streetcar track, a box of poisoned chocolates…hateful, violent letters.

Someone was trying to kill her.

Miranda isn’t sure of anything at first except that Louise Crowley, the blonde who works as an assistant to Niles Alexander, San Francisco publisher, is in trouble. Despite her own preparations for an imminent voyage to a blitzkrieged Britain and a painful farewell to the city she loves, Miranda decides to help Louise and takes on her last case as a private detective in San Francisco…investigating her client, surveying the publishing world of 1940, and stumbling into murder with a trail that leads straight to Alcatraz…an island city of sharks.

Along the way, Miranda explores her beloved San Francisco once more, from Playland-at-the-Beach to Chinatown to Nob Hill and Treasure Island. She encounters John Steinbeck and C.S. Forester, and is aided and abetted by the charming and dapper San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen. And she also discovers personal truths she’s long denied…

With her characteristic luxurious, lyrical prose and insightful eye for character, Kelli Stanley paints a rich, authentic portrait of 1940 San Francisco in this latest installment of her award-winning series.

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The girl cleared her throat, eyes falling, long fingers intertwining like the cross-hatched roof of a child’s game, church and steeple, church and steeple.

Miranda made her voice patient, soft.

“Miss Crowley—even...

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Kelli Stanley

KELLI STANLEY is the critically-acclaimed, award-winning author of three previous Miranda Corbie novels (City of Dragons, City of Secrets, City of Ghosts). She is a Macavity, Bruce Alexander and Golden Nugget Award winner and has been a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Shamus Award. Her other books include Nox Dormienda and The Curse-Maker, both part of a historical noir series set in Roman Britain, as well as contributions to various fiction and non-fiction anthologies. The city and county of San Francisco has awarded her a Certificate of Honor for her contributions to literature.

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