Please welcome Mary Adler to the cafe and bookstore and to introduce her books here with her recent Kindle edition of, In the Shadow of Lies: An Oliver Wright WW II mystery.
About the book
Richmond, California. World War II. Marine Lieutenant Oliver Wright comes home from the war in the Pacific injured and afraid his career as a homicide detective is over, but when black soldiers are suspected of killing an Italian Prisoner of War, the Army asks Oliver to find out the truth.
He and his canine partner Harley join forces with an Italian POW captain and with a black MP embittered by a segregated military. During their investigation, these unlikely allies expose layers of deceit and violence that stretch back to World War I and uncover a common thread that connects the murder to earlier crimes.
In the Shadow of Lies reveals the darkness and turmoil of the Bay Area during World War II, while celebrating the spirit of the everyday people who made up the home front. Its intriguing characters will resonate with the reader long after its deftly intertwined mysteries are solved.
One of the early reviews for the Kindle version
This book reminded me of butter, the writing style was so rich and smooth. It is one of the most skillfully written books I’ve read in a long time. The prose was like ambrosia, the imagery vivid and memorable. I always appreciate an author who can render emotions properly and thus draw the reader into the characters. Again, Adler did a stellar job.
This story is far more than a murder mystery. Its coverage of the early 1940s, i.e. the historical period during the early days of WWII, was outstanding. That was such a different time and so much has changed since then. I was particularly drawn in because I have personal connections to the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Area as well as that time period through family and in-laws.
Back to the story. Even though I was a teenager in the 60s, I had no idea how bad racism was a few decades before, much less that the KKK had been so active there. I also had no idea how badly Italians were treated during the war, due to their assumed sympathy toward Mussolini. I had in-laws who were Hungarian and some married Italians. Now I understand why some of them were so resistant to providing information when I was doing genealogical research back in the 70s. It’s sad they didn’t share their stories, but they may have been too painful for them to recount. On top of it all, some were Jewish, and had fled Europe just in time; some left behind were exterminated by Hitler.
I’ve never been a history buff. The way it was taught when I was in high school was a horrible bore. Even as a child, I preferred to learn about history through historical novels and this one definitely provided a treasure trove of information for a period I didn’t know much about. For that I am most grateful to the author for her meticulous and comprehensive research. This made reading the book an actual experience that had a strong impact on my understanding of the world at that time.
There were a lot of different characters in the story. I mean LOTS. So many that they were a bit difficult to keep track of. Fortunately, the author included a dramatis personae. The one thing about having so many characters with their own prejudices and agendas is that it does make the story seem very real. My familiarity with the East Bay Area added to this, especially when references were made to streets and other areas with which I was familiar. This made it very easy for me to connect to this book.
This book would not be for everyone, especially those that want to whip through a story and not wander about, really getting into the time, place, and people. However, if you appreciate a well-written, complex story with considerable historical significance, I highly recommend it.
Buy the Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F2J8FKM/
Read the reviews and buy the print version: https://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Lies-Oliver-Wright-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00K7WYTSU/
Coming September 25th 2018
Author page US: https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Adler/e/B00JAM3VVE/
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Adler/e/B00JAM3VVE/
Read more reviews and follow Mary on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7829648.M_A_Adler
About Mary Adler
I escaped the university politics of “the ivory tower” for the much gentler world of World War II and the adventures of homicide detective Oliver Wright and his German shepherd, Harley. I live with my family in Sebastopol, California, where we have created a garden habitat for birds and bees and butterflies, and other less desirable critters. (Unintended consequences at work again.) I love dogs and books, crows and compassion, writing and writers, and all things Italian, especially Commissioner Montalbano and cannoli, not necessarily in that order. I remind myself daily of the question poet Mary Oliver asks: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
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