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CITY OF SECRETS
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical
The historical details shine in this perfectly drawn mystery and Stanley doesn’t blink at showing the ugly truths of the time such as race relations, sexism and anti-Semitism. This shows how historical mystery can not only re-create the sights but also the atmosphere of the time.
Miranda Corbie, former escort, is now a licensed detective. When Pandora, a stripper, is murdered at the 1940 World’s Fair in San Francisco and left with an anti-Semitic slur written in blood on her body, Miranda refuses to let the matter drop. She is friends with the showgirls and grifters who make up the fair. The city and fair officials would prefer that the death just disappear. Miranda is fired from her job but strikes out on her own to find justice for the girl. Then another woman is killed and someone is trying to stop Miranda, permanently. (MINOTAUR, Oct., 304 pp., $24.00)
Reviewed By: Page Traynor
Published: October 2011