A Hard Light by Wendy Hornsby
A Maggie MacGowen Mystery

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Maggie tries to unravel an art theft that began during the Vietnam WarDuring the chaotic last act of the Vietnam War, three people tried to preserve the art from the French colonial museum in Da Nang. As Viet Cong forces overwhelmed the South Vietnamese, Bao Ngo, Khanh Nguyen, and Minh Tam sped south, in trucks laden with all the treasures of eighteen hundred years of Vietnamese history. Although one truck disappeared, those three made it to Saigon just as the Americans pulled out. Minh and Khanh escaped on the last helicopter, Minh waving goodbye to Bao, the cousin he expected he would never see again. Decades later, Khanh is at home in Los Angeles when Bao reappears, gun in hand. He ransacks her house and disappears. Maggie MacGowen, documentary filmmaker, looks into the incident, interviewing Khanh and Minh, who disappear just after she turns off her camera. She presses on, determined to understand this decades-old mystery, no matter how dangerous the past might be.
 

About Wendy Hornsby

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Wendy Hornsby, Wendy Hornsby is a native of southern California born in 1947. She attended UCLA and California State University, Long Beach, and holds graduate degrees in Ancient and Medieval History. She went on after graduation to teach history at Long Beach City College for 10 years. Her first book, "No Harm" (1987), received critical acclaim. The Maggie MacGowen mystery, "77th Street Requiem," was named one of the six best mysteries of 1995 by Publisher's Weekly Magazine. Hornsby has written several mystery novels and short stories and has received the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Reviewers Choice Award for Best Contemporary Suspense from Romantic Times Magazine, the Mystery Scene Reader Award, the Orange Coast Fiction Award, and has been nominated for the Anthony Boucher Award. Wendy Hornsby added a new title to her Maggie MacGowen mystery novels in 2009- In The Guise of Mercy.
 
Published November 29, 2011 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In her fifth adventure, documentary filmmaker Maggie MacGowen (77th Street Requiem, etc.) is caught up in an intricate and long-reaching web of family problems. With her lover, LAPD detective Mike Fli

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