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Shadowed by Death

Even a reluctant assassin is deadly.


Resistance fighter Sophia Nirenska survives the war in Poland and feels safe in California—until someone tries to kill her. Is it the Russians, to silence her, or someone from her past? And what does she know about a woman found unconscious in the Presidio? While homicide detective Oliver Wright, on medical leave from the Marines, and his German shepherd Harley are trying to find out who wants Sophia dead, they stumble across a girl and her dog who are running for their lives. Oliver’s investigation leads him from the Presidio at San Francisco, to the Café Avellino in Point Richmond, and to the Communist chicken farmers in Petaluma where he and Sophia are stalked by a killer. Beautifully written and suspenseful, this fast-paced historical mystery’s vivid characters celebrate the gift of finding family among strangers.

From the Author:
his is the second stand-alone novel featuring Oliver Wright and Harley. They survived Guam and now solve crimes in northern California against the backdrop of social issues WW2 has raised. Characters recur, but one needn’t have read one book to enjoy the others. A third book is on its way.

About the Author:
M.A. Adler’s debut novel, In the Shadow of Lies, won an IPPY; placed first in Reader’s Views Reviewer’s Choice Awards; and was an IndieFab Awards finalist. She lives in northern California with her husband, gardens for pollinators, loves all things Italian –especially food – and does canine nosework with her dogs—the brains of the team. Above her desk is poet Mary Oliver’s challenge: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Hmmm. What indeed?


Categories: Mysteries / Thrillers

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