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Publisher's Summary

The war may be officially over, but journalist Billie Walker's search for a missing young immigrant man will plunge her right back into the danger and drama she thought she'd left behind in Europe in this thrilling tale of courage and secrets set in glamorous postwar Sydney.

Sydney, 1946. Though war correspondent Billie Walker is happy to finally be home, for her the heady postwar days are tarnished by the loss of her father and the disappearance in Europe of her husband, Jack. To make matters worse, now that the war is over, the newspapers are sidelining her reporting talents to prioritize jobs for returning soldiers. But Billie is a survivor and she's determined to take control of her own future. So, she reopens her late father's business, a private investigation agency, and, slowly, the women of Sydney come knocking. 

At first, Billie's bread and butter is tailing cheating husbands. Then, a young man, the son of European immigrants, goes missing, and Billie finds herself on a dangerous new trail that will lead up into the highest levels of Sydney society and down into its underworld. What is the young man’s connection to an exclusive dance club and a high class auction house? When the people Billie questions about the young man start to turn up dead, Billie is thrown into the path of Detective Inspector Hank Cooper. Will he take her seriously, or will he just get in her way? As the danger mounts and Billie realizes that much more than one young man’s life is at stake, it becomes clear that though the war was won, it is far from over.

©2020 Tara Moss (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"True to its era down to the very fabric around Billie’s shoulders, this is a smartmouthed shot straight to the chest." (Readings Australia)

 

"Tara Moss has created a streetwise, seductive and staunchly feminist sleuth who even darns her own stockings.... [Billie Walker] is a former war correspondent, whose photojournalist husband is missing, presumed dead.... The war might be over, but the novel is deeply interested in its wreckage." (The Sun-Herald Sydney)

 

"Tara Moss’s sympathy for the oppressed and voiceless runs firmly through this tale of underworld crime, thuggery, cruelty and greed. It is a pleasure to find women steering this story as heroines not sidekicks. One very much hopes that [The War Widow] is the first of many Billie Walker mysteries and that, in time, our plucky heroine, her lips daubed with Tussy’s Fighting Red, will find her way onto a screen near us." (Living Arts Canberra)

 

"A cracking thriller, with a marvellous, strong, flamboyant heroine." (Joanne Harris, award-winning author of Chocolat)

"I so enjoyed getting to know Tara Moss's wonderful new character, Billie Walker, in 1940s Sydney-set mystery [The War Widow]. Immersive, well-paced, entertaining, thoughtful - so enjoyable!" (Angela Meyer, award-winning author of Joan Smokes and A Superior Spectre)

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