City of Dragons

City of Dragons

Paperback - 2011
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February, 1940. In San Francisco's Chinatown, fireworks explode as the city celebrates Chinese New Year with a Rice Bowl Party, a three day-and-night carnival designed to raise money and support for China war relief. Miranda Corbie is a 33-year-old private investigator who stumbles upon the fatally shot body of Eddie Takahashi. The Chamber of Commerce wants it covered up and the cops acquiesce. All Miranda wants is justice-- whatever it costs. From Chinatown tenements, to a tattered tailor's shop in Little Osaka, to a high-class bordello draped in Southern Gothic, she shakes down the city-- her city-- seeking the truth.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2011, c2010.
Edition: First Minotaur pbk. edition
ISBN: 9780312668792
Characteristics: ix, 338 pages ;,21 cm.


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Sep 18, 2015

Totally agree with JCLNancyB....reads like a sequel, left wondering about previous employer and case referred to in all 3 books.....maybe Stanley should write a prequel? Otherwise, a likeable, hardboiled female lead, lots of period references bring the era alive. Perhaps a few too many cuss words for some readers....

JCLNancyB Jun 14, 2013

Miranda Corbie is a San Francisco PI circa 1940. She smokes. She drinks. She plays hardball. She is a female Sam Spade. Stanley's novel is well-researched with vivid descriptions. One issue I had was that the book reads like a sequel. It is not, but there are so many references to a previous case, that I felt I was missing something.

booklady413 Jul 28, 2012

If you are into mystery, noir and th 1940's, this book is for you.

Aug 05, 2010

Interesting twist on the noir genre with a female detective. Focus is on atmosphere and characters rather than plot.

Apr 06, 2010


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