City of Dragons

City of Dragons

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Baker & Taylor
Discovering a murdered body during San Francisco's 1940 Chinese New Year celebration, private investigator Miranda Corbie ignores a precinct edict to cover up the case and pursues leads in Chinatown tenements, a Little Osaka tailor shop and a high-class bordello. (Historical mystery). By the author of Nox Dormienda.

McMillan Palgrave
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. 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. An outstanding series debut.


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Discovering the body of a murder victim during San Francisco's 1940 Chinese New Year celebration, private investigator Miranda Corbie ignores an edict to cover up the case and pursues leads in Chinatown tenements and a high-class bordello.
It is 1940 and private investigator Miranda Corbie is in San Francisco's Chinatown during a Chinese New Year celebration when she finds Eddie Takahashi, shot and dying, on the ground in front of her. The police want the killing hushed up, but Corbie is determined to find the truth.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312603601
Branch Call Number: STA
Characteristics: 338 p

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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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Apr 06, 2010

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