Pandora Blake wanted to be famous. Instead, she wound up working at a peep show on San Francisco’s Treasure Island. And on May 25th 1940, opening day for the World’s Fair, the stage hands find her stabbed through the breast, an anti-Semitic slur scrawled in blood across her white skin …
Enter ex-escort and Spanish Civil War nurse Miranda Corbie, the one detective the carnies can count on. Summarily dismissed from the fair and the case, Miranda embarks on a quest for a new job and justice for Pandora Blake.
From dingy hotels in the shadow of San Francisco’s City Hall to the bright, sunny spa town of Calistoga nestled in the Napa Valley, Miranda’s follows the trail of a vicious murderer.
Is he a member of one of the American fascist groups that support Nazi Germany? Is he the brutal animal trainer who likes to brand women? Or is it, after all, the Irish cop who hates her—Gerald Duggan?
CITY OF SECRETS is a powerful, heart-pounding sequel to Kelli Stanley’s scorching thriller and first-in-series CITY OF DRAGONS, which introduced her unique and unforgettable series heroine, Miranda Corbie.
Stanley writes 1940 without gloves on, without censorship, evoking the beauty of Benny Goodman swing and the brutality of a synagogue stained by a swastika.
Against the backdrop of a Europe defeated by Nazi Germany and an America unsure of where to turn, Miranda Corbie fights on, a lost soldier … but never a lost soul.