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Five Decembers

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Still, experiences on the Japanese side of the war, where much of the plot takes place, will be decidedly foreign to most. For those familiar with WW2 history, you will know that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour is coming and leads to the entry of the U.

The story has a nice old-fashioned noir flavor and I welcomed the less graphic love-making scenes I found them more romantic and much more poignant. McGrady’s journey includes a heavy dose of anguish from surviving war atrocities that can’t be unseen and being forced to make decisions that cannot be undone.I can understand why it won the Edgar–so readable (I had to force myself to put it down), and with so much depth.

Her youth had passed without distinction, and her middle of life was devoted to the care of a failing mother, and the endeavour to make a small income go as far as possible. It’s a Hard Case Crime novel set in Hawaii just weeks before the infamous Pearl Harbor attack occurs on December 7, 1941. Soon we are all pitched into the mire of the war itself, and his own efforts to survive it, as McGrady takes on the twists and turns of the case, slowly pulling the threads of it together. Kestrel’s expertly clipped descriptive passages and dialogue bring his spacious canvas into razor-sharp focus.It's an amazing story, filled with suspense, heartfelt romance, gut wrenching tragedy and an unrelenting tension throughout. Five Decembers' feels like it could have been written during the golden age of noir… hugely satisfying. McGrady is partnered up on this investigation with Detective Fred Ball, who’s a good cop, albeit a little heavy handed. James Kestrel’s FIVE DECEMBERS is an emotionally-charged crime novel shaped by the tragic years of a world at war, a story that is relentlessly hopeful in the face of unrequited devotion and doomed love. I don't remember another book I've read in years that had the powerful emotional impact this one has.

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