City of Dragons

City of Dragons

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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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, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312603601
0312603606
Branch Call Number: FIC STANLEY
Characteristics: ix, 338 p. ; 25 cm.

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carriemom_1
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.

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Axelca22
Aug 05, 2010

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

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22950009541673
Apr 06, 2010

Swearing

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