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Title:
Louise's gamble
Author:
Shaber, Sarah R.
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Edition:
1st world ed.
Publication Information:
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2012.
Physical Description:
181 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
"1942, Washington DC. Young widow Louise Pearlie is now a chief file clerk at the legendary OSS, the precursor to the CIA. Despite the privations of wartime life, she is enjoying being an independent, working woman and is determined never to go back to Wilmington, North Carolina, to live with her parents. But a casual friendship threatens to change everything. Louise knows little about Alessa di Luca, other than that she is a war refugee--and she doesn't ask. One night, though, Alessa shocks Louise by revealing that she knows exactly where Louise works--and hands Louise an envelope to give to her superiors. Soon Louise is sucked into a dangerous game of mafia bosses, Nazi spies, banished royalty and Sicilian aristocracy--which threatens to place first her job, and then her life itself, in jeopardy..."--P. [4] of cover.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780727881335
Format :
Book

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Young widow Louise Pearlie becomes embroiled in a perilous game of mafia bosses, Nazi spies and banished royalty in this wartime novel of suspense - 1942, Washington DC . Young widow Louise Pearlie is now a chief file clerk at the legendary OSS, the precursor to the CIA, and enjoying being an independent, working woman despite wartime privations. But a casual friendship struck up with Alessa di Luca, a secretive war refugee, sucks Louise into a dangerous game of mafia bosses, Nazi spies, banished royalty and Sicilian aristocracy - placing not only her job, but her life, in jeopardy . . .

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Booklist Review

The second Louise Pearlie mystery (after Louise's War, 2011)is also set in 1942 in Washington, D.C., where the young widower works for the OSS's European desk. Louise enjoys her independence and life as a career girl but is a little bored with her filing work. So when a woman in her knitting circle approaches her with a letter for her superiors at OSS, Louise leaps headfirst into spying. When it turns out that her contact is an Italian countess who may be able to provide information about Axis infiltrators on the New York docks intent on sabotaging the critical supply convoy being sent to the North African front, Louise risks her life and career for her country. The murder-mystery element doesn't start up in earnest until the second half of the book, but that doesn't detract from the engaging historical aspects of the story. Suggest this to fans of Maisie Dobbs and even readers who wonder what Julia Child really got up to in her OSS days during WWII.--Moyer, Jessica Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In Shaber's winning second WWII-era novel of suspense (after 2011's Louise's War), 30-year-old widow Louise Pearlie, who clerks for the OSS in Washington, D.C., befriends Alessa di Luca, "a penniless female refugee" she meets at her knitting circle. When Alessa gives Louise a written message to take to her superiors, it turns out that her new friend is really Countess Alessa Oneto, and her message involves critical intelligence concerning mob protection of New York City and other nearby ports from which supplies ship to the North African front. Plucky Louise soon finds herself enmeshed in intrigue involving Sicilian royalty, a Russian-born OSS colonel, and a cutthroat Italian Communist who would rather see postwar Sicily in the hands of his comrades than the Mafia. Shaber brews a delightful mix of feminine wiles (long before women's liberation) and real-life history that will keep readers turning the pages. Agent: Vicky Bijur, Vicky Bijur Literary Agency. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.