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In the third crime novel in the critically acclaimed Bernard Martin mystery series, young immigrant girls are disappearing in to the depths of turn-of-the-century Paris
Praise for The Missing Italian Girl
"Pope plots Clarie's search for the missing girl with precision and restraint. The true draw here is her portait of women--and their not-so-equal rights--at the turn of the last century. Wonderfully engaging. Even in the face of senseless limitations, Clarie proves it is possible to find joy, truth--and even oneself." — O, The Oprah Magazine (Editor's Pick)
“An unlikely sleuth is drawn into another murder mystery in turn-of-the-century France…Pope's third mystery featuring Clarie (The Blood of Lorraine, 2010, etc.) expertly doles out pieces of its complex plot, a picaresque puzzle with satisfying period flavor.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The musings of Clarie about the wrenching inequity between the pampered women she teaches and those she and Bernard search for in back alleys gives us a window into this glamorous yet perilous time. Engrossing.”
On a sultry night in June 1897, Pyotr Ivanovich Balenov, a young Russian, and two young women transport a dead man through the narrow streets of a working class neighborhood in northeaster Paris. They throw the body into the canal and the girls flee to the Latin Quarter to hid with one of Pyotr’s anarchist “comrades.” They do not realize they are being watched.
Their subsequent disappearance and the violent acts that follow will set these two girls; Clarie Martin, a teacher and mother of a toddler; and her husband, magistrate Bernard Martin on a journey through the dark heart of Paris, from the streets of Montmartre to an enclave of outcasts beyond the city walls in a dangerous quest to rescue them from a vicious killer.
PEGASUS BOOKS: $25.00 • Hardcover • 978-1-60598-408-7 • 320 pages • Mystery • February 13, 2013