Face of the Enemy

Face of the Enemy

A New York in Wartime Mystery

Book - 2012
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December, 1941: With New Yorkers painfully aware of their vulnerability after the Pearl Harbor attack, the FBI prowls the city snatching up Japanese residents. Tension increases for a sensitive Japanese artist when she's accused of murder as well as espionage. Is Masako Fumi guilty? Or a victim of racial paranoia? Nurse Louise Hunter is outraged and vows to help her friend.

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.

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.
Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781464200311
1464200319
Characteristics: 380 p. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Myers, Beverle Graves

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BobScott36
Oct 23, 2013

This is a fictionalized look at the shameful treatment given foreigh nationals resident in the US at the outbreak of WWII. It is also a very suspenseful story of many lives from all walks of life and all levels of society bound together in a murder mystery.

mrsgail5756 Oct 19, 2012

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

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Roundcat
Aug 29, 2012

The first of a new series: I had read only one book by Joanne Dobson and nothing by Beverly Graves Myers. The first book of Dobson's Karen Pelletier series was good, so I decided I'd try this series. I'm so glad I did. The background--just as WWII is starting--was very well researched. The chapters shift to the various characters' viewpoints. I found this a little choppy at first, but as each person's character begins to develop, this technique allows issues of the time to be expanded from differing points of view. The plot is a little busy, but well resolved. The people, who will likely inhabit future books in this series, are interesting and different enough that I will be looking forward to their further adventures.

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