PositiveLibrary JournalMcDermid rewards readers with a timely and cracking good mystery that keeps the pages flying. New readers are brought up to speed and will join longtime fans cheering on the well-drawn characters.
PositiveLibrary JournalBased on the real-life exploits of \'socialite spy\' Nancy Wake, Lawhon\'s (I Was Anastasia) story presents Wake\'s heroism, alongside the bravery and sacrifice of all who fought, giving hope that even in the darkest times there are real-life heroes. Readers will be transfixed by this story of a woman who should be a household name.
PositiveLibrary JournalThe 11th in McDermid’s series is chock-full of crime and yet not as compelling as past installments. Regardless, fans and newcomers to the series will enjoy the twists and turns.
Helena Janeczek, trans. by Ann Goldstein
PanLibrary JournalLeft to mourn Gerda are partner Endre Friedmann, who went on to claim the name Robert Capa; an old female friend; and two ex-lovers, including Dr. William Chardack, later known as the pioneer of the implantable pacemaker. Their remembrances of Gerda are told here in alternating chapters ... a work filled with impenetrable prose, scant action, and an unsatisfying portrait of a woman with a brief, if eventful and interesting life.