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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (244 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kelli Stanley Narrator: Cynthia Holloway Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Miranda Corbie Mysteries Release Date:
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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 thirty-three-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, but 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully imagined and beautifully written—this book does everything great fiction is supposed to.”

    Lee Child

  • “Big and ambitious, both reverent and original. Author Kelli Stanley has her eye on greatness.”

    George Pelecanos, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Stanley’s dialogue bristles with attitude, the atmosphere is thick as the bay fog, and her protagonist is a great new dame in crime fiction. A smart, stunning thriller.”

    Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author

  • City of Dragons, with its brittle patter and its broken heart of gold, is a joy.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Stanley’s stunning first in a new series introduces a gutsy, independent heroine who isn’t always likable.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Miranda Corbie has the potential to be a great series character. Think Barbara Stanwick meets Myrna Loy, then toss in a hard-boiled crime story worthy of Raymond Chandler.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Stanley has vividly re-created the atmosphere of the era…Her hard-boiled, strong female sleuth…does the job with all the panache of Sam Spade.”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kelsey | 2/14/2014

    " I enjoyed the storyline, and the author does a great job of portraying 1940s San Francisco, including considerable detail. This is actually the 2nd "Miranda Corbie" mystery, and there are many references in the book to the previous mysteries solved (though the book is not based on them and the story doen't include any of the details). Many of the lines in book felt a little cheesy - like watching an 'old tyme' movie - mostly with lingo and some exaggerated stereotypes. All in all it was a quick, easy, and fun read, with a likable heroine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barbara | 2/12/2014

    " This is a setting novel first and foremost - 1940's San Francisc noir, hard-boiled detective, female in this case. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brenda Guy | 2/11/2014

    " Mystery and history combined. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Linda Schwartz | 2/3/2014

    " I really eagerly anticipated this book -- set in WWII San Francisco's Chinatown with a woman PI, right up my alley! Or not. If I could give the book zero stars I would. Once you delete all of the four-letter words, the references to the protagonist drinking, buying liquor, buying cigarettes, smoking cigarettes, etc., you'd have a 20-page story, at best. What a total waste of time; I certainly won't read the sequel, if she actually manages to get another book in this wretched series published. "

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About the Author
Author Kelli Stanley

Kelli Stanley’s first novel in the 1940 San Francisco-set Miranda Corbie series, City of Dragons, was met with overwhelming critical acclaim and was a finalist for the prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Stanley also writes a highly praised series set in Roman Britain, the latest of which is The Curse-Maker. Her debut novel, Nox Dormienda, won the Bruce Alexander Award for best historical mystery of 2008. She makes her home in Dashiell Hammett’s San Francisco, earned a master’s degree in classics, and loves jazz, old movies, fedoras, Art Deco, and speakeasies.