Face of the Enemy is one of the new historical fictions released in the market by Joanne Dobson, a professor of literature in Fordham University in New York and Beverle Myers, a Kentucky native, and the author of the Baroque mystery series featuring Tito Amato.
A Brief Summary:
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. The nurse vows to help the professor free Masako.
But 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 celebre. 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.
For a crime story in the vintage world of WW II, this book is definitely a good pick: Characters are realistic and the historical details behind the plot are rather accurate. Things move from one direction to another and quickly and keep the reader entertained towards the end.
Careful choice of words, interesting description about the life and neighborhoods of New York in 1940s plus masterful explanation of dominant mindset of a society at war make this book a nice pick.
Our Rating: 3.8