The War Widow

Dutton. (Billie Walker). May 2020. 352p. ISBN 9780593182659. $26. M
Following the end of World War II, former war correspondent Billie Walker makes her way home to Sydney, Australia, and reopens her father’s private investigation office. Even though her husband, Jack, is still missing somewhere in Europe, she ties to put the trauma of the war behind her and steps into the role of detective—tracking down small-time criminals, following cheating husbands, and searching for missing people. But when a young man, the son of Jewish immigrants, goes missing, Billie must deal with a situation that quickly becomes just as dangerous as anything she had faced during the war. The case of Adin Brown involves stakeouts at glamorous nightclubs, romance, fugitive Nazi war criminals, and 50mph car chases, adding suspense and drama to this superb page-turner.
VERDICT Moss (“Makedde Vanderwall” series) has created a thrilling historical novel of post-war Australia that will engross readers from the first page to the last. This book deserves to be added to the top of the list of must-read titles. Book clubs may wish to consider this title as well.
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