Face of the Enemy: A New York in Wartime Mystery

Face of the Enemy: A New York in Wartime Mystery

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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, an avant-garde artist who has befriended Louise, a newcomer to the bustling city. The nurse vows to help the professor free Masako.

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 célèbre.

Louise hires a radical lawyer famous for shouldering human rights cases as the Oakleys’ friends and colleagues desert them one by one. She also enlists the help of her journalist roommate. But has the nurse been too trusting? Sensing a career-making story, Cabby Ward sets out to exploit Masako’s dilemma for her own gain, bumping heads with Lieutenant McKenna at every turn.

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015137675
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date: 09/02/2012
Series: New York in Wartime Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 390
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Joanne Dobson is a retired Fordam University English Professor.
Currently she teaches writing at the Hudson Valley Writing Center in Westchester County, New York, speaks and teaches at public libraries and other venues, including Fulbright teaching programs at Amherst College, and NEH teaching programs at The Emily Dickinson Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Her Professor Karen Pelletier mystery novels are set at elite Enfield College, a small New-England academic institution not unlike Amherst College, where, in 1986, Joanne taught the first course ever offered on Emily Dickinson, whose grandfather was a founder of the college.

Quieter Than Sleep was nominated for an Agatha award and, in 2001, Joanne was named Noted Author of the Year by the New York State Library Association as the author librarians most enjoyed recommending to their readers. The Professor Pelletier novels have been reviewed in major venues, including the New York Times.


Beverle Graves Myers fell in love with opera at age nine during a marionette production of Rigoletto. A Kentucky native, she studied history at the University of Louisville and went on to earn a degree in medicine. After a career in psychiatry, she devoted herself to writing full-time. Beverle is the author of the Baroque mystery series featuring Tito Amato.

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Face of the Enemy: A New York in Wartime Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TESSCAT More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to put down and the mystery kept me guessing to the end. I enjoy history and it gave a real feel for the tense atmosphere that prevailed at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack. Our book club found this to be worth discussing. Few of us realized that Japanese were detained on the east coast, although we were aware of the wholesale roundup and incarceration on the west coast. I have already started reading another book by Beverle Myers and one by Joanne Dobson is next on my list.
Eileen-Charbonneau More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the vibrant people and galloping plot of FACE OF THE ENEMY. The story and its flawed, wonderful characters honor the basic principle of justice rising over the power of prejudice just after Pearl Harbor, 1941. A great, more human and honest view of the "greatest generation" in their youth. Love song to New York City--an appreciated bonus! I love when mysteries touch both mind and heart. FACE OF THE ENEMY does. Hope more are coming!