THE SHANGHAI TUNNEL
Newman delights with the debut of a series that perfectly captures the essence of 19th-century Portland, Ore. Expert character development makes the plot come alive amid the murder and greed that fills the city's sinister underbelly.
Emily Stratton leaves Shanghai for San Francisco, where her husband, Horace, dies unexpectedly. Secretly relived because of the abuse he inflicted on her and others, she continues on
to Portland, their original destination, with her teenage son. But once there, Horace's business partners are less than forthcoming and resent her interest in their complex shipping business. When inexplicable murders occur, Emily believes that they're related to her husband's unethical business practices.
While trying to uncover the identity of the culprit(s) and stay out of harm's way, Emily is dealt a severe blow when someone dear to her goes missing. (Forge, Feb., 336 pp., $24.95)