A Maisie Dobbs Novel
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Maisie Dobbs - "a female investigator every bit as brainy and battle-hardened as Lisbeth Salander" (Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air), faces danger and intrigue on the home front during World War II in this poignant entry in Jacqueline Winspear's New York Times bestselling series - "a series that seems to get better with every entry" (Tom Holland, Wall Street Journal).
Maisie Dobbs-one of the most complex and admirable characters in contemporary fiction (Richmond Times Dispatch)-faces danger and intrigue on the home front during World War II.
During the months following Britain's declaration of war on Germany, Maisie Dobbs investigates the disappearance of a young apprentice working on a hush-hush government contract. As news of the plight of thousands of soldiers stranded on the beaches of France is gradually revealed to the general public, and the threat of invasion rises, another young man beloved by Maisie makes a terrible decision that will change his life forever.
Maisie's investigation leads her from the countryside of rural Hampshire to the web of wartime opportunism exploited by one of the London underworld's most powerful men, in a case that serves as a reminder of the inextricable link between money and war. Yet when a final confrontation approaches, she must acknowledge the potential cost to her future-and the risk of destroying adream she wants very much to become reality.
"The wartime details ... transport us with ease to a milieu where danger is omnipresent but-thanks to the presence of steadfast figures like Dobbs and her like-spirited colleagues-so is hope." Wall Street Journal