THE STORY 1940 SAN FRANCISCO THE 1939 Chevrolet with lights out raced along Market Street in the shadows. The victim was dead the instant he stepped from the curb! The car and driver disappeared into the night. The hit had been arranged in Sacramento. It covered the tracks of three politicians who had arranged the triple murders. Now, in Washington, D.C. Senator Ralph Claiborne, partner Ed Cramer in the House of Representatives and partner Harold Rileigh, Speaker of the State Assembly in Sacramento were safely hidden! Philip Jade, Political Reporter for the "CALL" newspaper who had uncovered the evidence was dead, and what he had died with him-OR HAD IT? Wil Jade, Philip’s son lived with the nightmares of the murders he couldn’t prove. Then one morning at Wil’s office a large envelope arrives. In it, photos of a hoodlum gunned down in an office. Scribbled across the top; YOUR FATHER’s KILLER! Then the phone call, the voice of a man clinging to life on an oxygen tank leads Wil Jade on a pathway to discovery! A sailing ship unarmed in a sea of enemy submarines, a voyage that leads from San Francisco, to Panama, to Africa and Australia. A return that leads to the White House! Set against a backdrop of war that looms on the horizon, events that keep the reader turning the page unfold in an array of intrigue, romance, adventure and mystery and drive the action to the final page!
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I bought this book because it caught my attention from the sample I got to enjoy. After that I was instantly hooked on it. I had to keep reading to get to the end. I love this book and I hope the author writes more!
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Wil Jade is a successful press agent in Sacramento in the early 1940s. Wil Jade by Philip Alyster Lagree begins with Wil’s hunt for justice for the death of his father at the hands of unscrupulous politicians and continues through the end of WWII. Wil is able to use his connections in the government, police force, and local media to uncover the plot by several men entrusted with the good of the State of California and its people to illegally take over territory that would prove to be extremely valuable. In the meantime, the war breaks out and Wil is involved in outrunning both German and Japanese submarines as he completes a task to help his father’s best friend and further the war effort. Based on his success at sea and also in bringing the criminals to justice, Wil becomes an author. The question is whether he can move on with his life with the help of his partner and Laura, his new love. Philip Alyster Lagree has written a novel with a tremendous scope that is full of historical references and the flavor of California in the days leading up to WWII. His images are vivid as are the details of life not only at sea and in the wide open country that was once central California but also in the White House. It is easy to feel Wil Jade’s sorrow, determination, and peace as the action progresses. His interactions with and the support of the other characters is real and appropriate. Wil Jade is an in-depth depiction of a son’s quest for justice and a historical record of the emotional toll world events took on the men and women advising the country’s leaders and reporting the news.