MYSTERY

No Comfort for the Lost: A Mystery of Old San Francisco

Obsidian: NAL. Aug. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9780451474896. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780698192256. M
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OrangeReviewStarOn the morning of February 12, 1867, in San Francisco, approximately 30 Chinese laborers were attacked by a gang of predominantly Irish workers. Several Chinese were severely injured and their shanties burned. From this historical detail, Herriman weaves an intriguing mystery that introduces Cecelia Davies, a British-born nurse, and Det. Nicholas Greaves, a Civil War veteran. Celia had immigrated to California with her Irish husband, Patrick, who has since disappeared, presumed lost at sea. Having a half-Chinese niece, Celia has always maintained a soft place in her heart for the Chinese prostitutes, whom she serves tirelessly in her clinic. When the body of a pregnant Chinese girl is pulled from the bay, Greaves is determined to find her killer, even if no one else is interested in solving the murder.
VERDICT Herriman (The Irish Healer; Josiah's Treasure) crafts a finely detailed series debut with a sympathetic protagonist and impeccable, colorful depictions of 1860s San Francisco

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