CITY OF DRAGONS
In this terrific book, Stanley puts all the right elements together to
make the first in her new series a winner. Center stage is private investigator Miranda Corbie, a feisty gal with tons of attitude. She might be hard-boiled
on the outside, but you never forget she's a lady. The noir atmosphere of 1940s San Francisco is so brilliantly recreated you'll swear you can hear
the music, taste the food and feel the desperation of many that Miranda comes in contact with. Stanley sharpens anticipation for what comes next.
While San Francisco's Chinatown is celebrating the Chinese New Year in 1940 with a Rice Bowl Party, a three-day-and-night carnival to raise money and support for China war relief, Miranda Corbie, a 33-year-old P.I., Spanish Civil War nurse and ex-escort just hopes to make it home safely. Instead, she stumbles upon the fatally shot body of Eddie Takahashi.
The Chamber of Commerce wants the murder covered up, and the police give in a bit too easily for Miranda's taste. She wants to solve the crime and see that justice is served -- no matter what the cost. (MINOTAUR, Feb., 352 pp., $24.99)