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Grandly scaled old-school espionage, with the principals dressing for dinner, sipping port as they plot the ruin of each...

A welcome reprinting of a classic 1920 spy tale, the most celebrated of the 100-plus novels by Oppenheim (1866-1946).

Sir Everard Dominey and Maj. Gen. Baron Leopold von Ragastein, his old schoolmate at Eton, have eerily similar reasons for being in German East Africa when they meet by chance. Von Ragastein has killed Prince Conrad Eiderstrom, his lover Stephanie’s husband, in a duel and been banished by Kaiser Wilhelm. Dominey has taken himself away from his Norfolk estate to avoid the rumors that he murdered Roger Unthank, the lover Rosamund Felbrigg spurned before marrying Dominey—a man who’s been missing ever since the night he emerged from Dominey’s wooded grounds to attack him. But the two men have something even more remarkable in common: they’re dead ringers for each other. So it’s only natural that von Ragastein, ordered to establish himself in England in 1913 so he can worm himself into the confidence of Prince Maurice Terniloff, the peace-minded German Ambassador, and help the Kaiser prepare for war, should think of killing Dominey and taking his place. Once in England, Dominey (as both the hero and his author insist on referring to him throughout) faces daunting new challenges. His estranged wife offers to kill him, then insists that he’s not really Dominey. Princess Stephanie, instantly recognizing Dominey as von Ragastein, presses him to resume their affair. The Kaiser orders him to marry the princess. Otto Seaman, the German agent who supplies Dominey’s cover, improbably warns him about protecting Lady Dominey’s honor. And a visitor from Rhodesia brings news from Africa that Dominey very much doesn’t want to hear.

Grandly scaled old-school espionage, with the principals dressing for dinner, sipping port as they plot the ruin of each other’s nations, and their women importunate but unfailingly discreet. Genre buffs shouldn’t miss it; fans who read it years ago will be surprised how well it holds up.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4642-0655-9

Page Count: 248

Publisher: Poisoned Pen

Review Posted Online: Aug. 15, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2016

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Forget about solving all these crimes; the signal triumph here is (spoiler) the heroine’s survival.

Another sweltering month in Charlotte, another boatload of mysteries past and present for overworked, overstressed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.

A week after the night she chases but fails to catch a mysterious trespasser outside her town house, some unknown party texts Tempe four images of a corpse that looks as if it’s been chewed by wild hogs, because it has been. Showboat Medical Examiner Margot Heavner makes it clear that, breaking with her department’s earlier practice (The Bone Collection, 2016, etc.), she has no intention of calling in Tempe as a consultant and promptly identifies the faceless body herself as that of a young Asian man. Nettled by several errors in Heavner’s analysis, and even more by her willingness to share the gory details at a press conference, Tempe launches her own investigation, which is not so much off the books as against the books. Heavner isn’t exactly mollified when Tempe, aided by retired police detective Skinny Slidell and a host of experts, puts a name to the dead man. But the hints of other crimes Tempe’s identification uncovers, particularly crimes against children, spur her on to redouble her efforts despite the new M.E.’s splenetic outbursts. Before he died, it seems, Felix Vodyanov was linked to a passenger ferry that sank in 1994, an even earlier U.S. government project to research biological agents that could control human behavior, the hinky spiritual retreat Sparkling Waters, the dark web site DeepUnder, and the disappearances of at least four schoolchildren, two of whom have also turned up dead. And why on earth was Vodyanov carrying Tempe’s own contact information? The mounting evidence of ever more and ever worse skulduggery will pull Tempe deeper and deeper down what even she sees as a rabbit hole before she confronts a ringleader implicated in “Drugs. Fraud. Breaking and entering. Arson. Kidnapping. How does attempted murder sound?”

Forget about solving all these crimes; the signal triumph here is (spoiler) the heroine’s survival.

Pub Date: March 17, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9821-3888-2

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2020

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A suspenseful, professional-grade north country procedural whose heroine, a deft mix of compassion and attitude, would be...

Box takes another break from his highly successful Joe Pickett series (Stone Cold, 2014, etc.) for a stand-alone about a police detective, a developmentally delayed boy, and a package everyone in North Dakota wants to grab.

Cassandra Dewell can’t leave Montana’s Lewis and Clark County fast enough for her new job as chief investigator for Jon Kirkbride, sheriff of Bakken County. She leaves behind no memories worth keeping: her husband is dead, her boss has made no bones about disliking her, and she’s looking forward to new responsibilities and the higher salary underwritten by North Dakota’s sudden oil boom. But Bakken County has its own issues. For one thing, it’s cold—a whole lot colder than the coldest weather Cassie’s ever imagined. For another, the job she turns out to have been hired for—leading an investigation her new boss doesn’t feel he can entrust to his own force—makes her queasy. The biggest problem, though, is one she doesn’t know about until it slaps her in the face. A fatal car accident that was anything but accidental has jarred loose a stash of methamphetamines and cash that’s become the center of a battle between the Sons of Freedom, Bakken County’s traditional drug sellers, and MS-13, the Salvadorian upstarts who are muscling in on their territory. It’s a setup that leaves scant room for law enforcement officers or for Kyle Westergaard, the 12-year-old paperboy damaged since birth by fetal alcohol syndrome, who’s walked away from the wreck with a prize all too many people would kill for.

A suspenseful, professional-grade north country procedural whose heroine, a deft mix of compassion and attitude, would be welcome to return and tie up the gaping loose end Box leaves. The unrelenting cold makes this the perfect beach read.

Pub Date: July 28, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-312-58321-7

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Minotaur

Review Posted Online: April 21, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2015

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