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by Kelli Stanley

eBook City of Dragons (A Miranda Corbie Mystery) ePub
Author: Kelli Stanley
Language: English
ISBN: 0312603606
ISBN13: 978-0312603601
Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1 edition (February 2, 2010)
Pages: 352
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thriller
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 153
Formats: doc txt mbr mobi
ePub file: 1511 kb
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KELLI STANLEY's first novel in the 1940 San Francisco-set Miranda Corbie series, CITY OF DRAGONS, was met with overwhelming critical acclaim and was a finalist for the prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Stanley also writes a highly-praised series set in Roman Britain, the latest of which is THE CURSE-MAKER. Her debut novel, NOX DORMIENDA, won the Bruce Alexander Award for best historical mystery of 2008.

You must make the acquaintance of Miranda Corbie. Kelli Stanley’s fully realized private investigator will remain stuck in your mind and memory from the first moment of your initial encounter. It runs on a classic PI noir plot that opens in media res with Corbie interviewing a new client. She really doesn’t need or want another case, but finds it difficult to turn down Louise Crowley, a secretary employed by Alexander Publishing who is convinced that someone is trying to kill her.

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Kelli Stanley (born 1964) is an award-winning and critically acclaimed American author of mystery-thrillers

Kelli Stanley (born 1964) is an award-winning and critically acclaimed American author of mystery-thrillers. The majority of her published fiction is written in the genres of historical crime fiction and noir. Her best known work, the Miranda Corbie series, is set in San Francisco, her adoptive hometown Stanley also participated in the first charity e-book anthology, spearheaded by author Timothy Hallinan.

City of Dragons: A Miranda Corbie Mystery. City of Dragons - Kelli Stanley. Miranda Corbie is a 33-year-old private investigator who stumbles upon the fatally shot body of Eddie Takahashi. The Chamber of Commerce wants it covered up. The cops acquiesce.

A Miranda Corbie Mystery (Volume 4) Kelli Stanley St. Martin's Publishing Group. The blonde secretary was scared when she visited Miranda Corbie’s office. A shove into a streetcar track, a box of poisoned chocolate. ateful, violent letters . A Miranda Corbie Mystery (Volume 1) Kelli Stanley St. Martin's Press.

Miranda’s song, as performed by Lee Wiley in 1939. She’s been called a female Sam Spade or Rick Blaine ; a cross between Myrna Loy and Barbara Stanwyck ; a great new dame in crime fiction and a unique heroine filled with layers of past pain. Miranda is all of this and more. She is a woman of her time and more than her tim. woman in a world that is fast running out of time

KELLI STANLEY is the author of two previous Miranda Corbie mysteries, most recently the award-winning City of Secrets

KELLI STANLEY is the author of two previous Miranda Corbie mysteries, most recently the award-winning City of Secrets. The first in her highly acclaimed series, City of Dragons, has won the Macavity and Bruce Alexander awards for best historical mystery and was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a Shamus Award nominee. She lives in San Francisco, California.

A 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist February, 1940. In San Francisco's Chinatown, fireworks explode as the city celebrates Chinese New Year with a Rice Bowl Party, a three day-and-night carnival designed to raise money and support for China war relief. Miranda Corbie is a 33-year-old private investigator who stumbles upon the fatally shot body of Eddie Takahashi. The Chamber of Commerce wants it covered up. The cops acquiesce. All Miranda wants is justice--whatever it costs. From Chinatown tenements, to a tattered tailor's shop in Little Osaka, to a high-class bordello draped in Southern Gothic, she shakes down the city--her city--seeking the truth. An outstanding series debut.
This story and character are an attempt to build on a noir stereotype, the tough dame. The book started well, interesting story, characters and heroine. The good beginning ended for me in chapter 6 though, there's a nonsensical meeting with an old friend, a reporter who's supposed to help the heroine sort through some of the clues. They meet though in public, in boisterous crowds and much noise and distraction wherever they go. The meeting ends with an hysterical heroine who can't shake her tragic past except with the help of her ever present cigarettes and straight rye whiskey. By the end of that chapter I knew that I'd finish reading this while jogging on the treadmill. It's not worth any more time than that.

I did finish the book. The story held up, mostly, the tough dame did not. That's a shame, there's a lot of potential in the premise of a noir detective who is a tough female character, but there's just too much of the character and contrivances in the plot that don't ring true for me. Not a heroine I want to return to.
Nothing like a new series to invigorate your reading, and City of Dragons stokes the flames. Kelli Stanley presents an image of San Francisco in 1940, as the threats of Hitler and the Japanese hinder the lingering aura of the Great Depression. Enter Miranda Corbie, a feisty and highly educated private detective. A Japanese youth dies in Miranda's arms and propels Miranda into drugs, sex, smuggling, and a world of unsavory characters. Stanley's language is rich, but Miranda and her love of Chesterfields provides too much smoke. Stanley skillfully omits much of Miranda's history, but provides little quips in passing. The book reminds me of the Shirley Tallman series, but Tallman’s character mingles with the upper crust of the 1890's in San Francisco, fifty years ahead of Miranda. Both Tallman and Stanley lean heavily on the glorious, if not defamatory history of San Francisco, and both create an interesting story.
The unlikely heroine of Kelli's tale, set in San Francisco in the 1940s, is Miranda Corbie, a Spanish Civil War nurse, ex-escort in The City and a private investigator with a heart. Taking on a case that no one wants her to pursue, Ms. Corbie manages to uncover a huge underworld operation that touches the Chinese and Japanese communities and involves international drug trafficking.

Kelli's style and use of language is gritty and sets a mood where Dashiell Hammett would feel right at home. Her descriptions of San Francisco include details about Ms. Corbie going from place to place, taking readers along to view the sites, hear the sounds and experience the City block by block. City of Dragons will transport you back to a time when a smoke, a drink and a murder were always intertwined.
The author, Kelli Stanley, says she did a lot of research in order to capture the era of City of Dragons. She has done a masterful job. Her references to the culture of 1940 -- the current affairs, the music, the consumer products, the relations between sexes and races -- is spot on.

The location of her story, downtown San Francisco and, in particular, China Town, involves sites still extant (Ms. Stanley could offer tours based on the book). As someone who lives in the area, I thought she did an especially good job of describing how the city lives with and what it looks like during episodes of fog.

I am not a fan of noir fiction. Hard boiled detectives are of no interest. But the other aspects in the telling of this story overrode my usual distaste. And I thought the plot hung together better than in some noir work.

Two small criticisms. There were too many details of Miranda's life before the start of this story. That backstory was so rich I kept checking for a book that MUST have come before this one. And, although three cheers for the way Miranda was able to take out the bad guys at the end, was it really, really believable?

If you have recently quit smoking, be warned. Everyone smokes all the time. This is true to the era, certainly, but darn if it didn't start me thinking of how good a ciggie would taste although I haven't smoked, nor wanted to, for 25+ years.
Complete letdown.
What we have here is a nice, 80-page pulp novella crammed into 300+ pages of relentless, pointless detail about a character who smokes cigarettes all day long. Nice period setting. Manuscript needed an editor in a large way.
Classic-feeling San Francisco noir--think Maltese Falcon but with a smart, tough female detective and a nicely wrought Chinatown setting. This book has a lot more personality than your average mystery. I look forward to reading more of her stuff.
Kelli Stanley writes a very good mystery in a pre WWII environment. She has done her research on the period and it was a joy to read the book, feel the scenery and get caught up in the book. Read in one sitting.
Intriguing historical fiction. I read Stanley's award-winning mystery, Nox Dormienda, so I was looking forward to reading this book.

As a history lover, and having delved a bit into writing a novel set in the 1940's, I was interested in seeing how Stanley created 1940 San Francisco. I was impressed.

Main character, Miranda Corbie, is not a push-over. She's a private investigator who's out to make wrongs right, and stops at little to accomplish it. To say the least, author Kelli Stanly has created an intriguing portrait of this volatile era in the fabled Chinatown.

Stanley's signature dry humor kept me laughing one moment, then sober the next. The writing is rich and powerful. The characters vibrant and real. The plot captivating.

Another Stanley classic.
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