Face of the Enemy by Beverle Graves Myers
A New York in Wartime Mystery (New York in Wartime Mysteries)

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December 1941: America reels from the brutal attack on Pearl Harbor. Both patriotism and paranoia grip New York as the city frantically mobilizes for war. Nurse Louise Hunter is outraged when the FBI, in a midnight sweep of prominent Japanese residents,storms in to arrest her patient’s wife. The desperately ill Professor Oakley is married to Masako Fumi, an avant-garde artist who has befriended Louise, a newcomer to the bustling city. The nurse vows to help the professor free Masako.

When the murdered body of Masako’s art dealer is discovered in the gallery where he’d been closing down her controversial show, Masako’s troubles multiply. Homicide detective Michael McKenna doubts her guilt, but an ambitious G-man schemes to lever the homicide and ensuing espionage accusations into a political cause célèbre.

Louise hires a radical lawyer famous for shouldering human rights cases as the Oakleys’ friends and colleagues desert them one by one. She also enlists the help of her journalist roommate. But has the nurse been too trusting? Sensing a career-making story, Cabby Ward sets out to exploit Masako’s dilemma for her own gain, bumping heads with Lieutenant McKenna at every turn.

Struggling to focus on one man’s murder while America plunges into a worldwide war, Louise and McKenna defy both racism and ham-fisted government agents in order to expose the real killer.

About Beverle Graves Myers

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Joanne Dobson, a former English professor at Fordham University, is the author of the Professor Karen Pelletier mystery series from Doubleday and Poisoned Pen Press. She won an Agatha nomination for QUIETER THAN SLEEP, the first book in the series, the novels have been widely reviewed, including in the NEW YORK TIMES, and in 2001 the adult- readers division of the New York Library Association named her Noted Author of the Year, as the writer whose books they most enjoyed recommending to their patrons. Beverle Graves Myers lives in Louisville, Kentucky. She practiced psychiatry at a public mental health clinic before making a mid-life career switch to writing. In addition to the Helluva War series, her work includes the Tito Amato Mysteries set in 18th-century Venice and numerous short stories and articles. Visit her website at www.beverlegravesmyers.com.
Published September 2, 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press. 250 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Masako’s art show had recently been shut down by racist demonstrators, and when the body of her art dealer is found under one of her paintings, Masako is accused of murder.

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Set mostly in December 1941, this disappointing first in a new series from Dobson (Death Without Tenure) and Myers (Her Deadly Mischief) focuses on a group of young women living at a Brooklyn boarding house.

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Caught up in this net is Masako Fumi, a prominent artist and the wife of American academic Robert Oakley.

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Review: In early December, 1941, a promising New York City artist originally from Japan faces discrimination — and a charge of murder — in Face of the Enemy, the first mystery in the "New York in Wartime" series by Joanne Dobson and Beverle Graves Myers.

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His wife, avant-garde artist Masako Fumi, has just had a gallery showing of her work which was loudly protested as having negative political innuendo.

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