Two young daredevil flyers confront ugly truths and family secrets during the U.S. internment of Japanese citizens during World War II, from the author of The Other Typist and Three-Martini Lunch.

Louis Thorn and Haruto "Harry" Yamada—Eagle and Crane—are the star attractions of Earl Shaw's Flying Circus, a daredevil (and not exactly legal) flying act that traverses Depression-era California. The young men have a complicated relationship, thanks to the Thorn family's belief that the Yamadas—Japanese immigrants—stole land that should have stayed in the Thorn family.

When Louis and Harry become aerial stuntmen, performing death-defying tricks high above audiences, they're both drawn to Shaw's smart and appealing stepdaughter, Ava Brooks. When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and one of Shaw's planes mysteriously crashes and two charred bodies are discovered in it, authorities conclude that the victims were Harry and his father, Kenichi, who had escaped from a Japanese internment camp they had been sent to by the federal government. To the local sheriff, the situation is open and shut. But to the lone FBI agent assigned to the case, the details don't add up.

Thus begins an investigation into what really happened to cause the plane crash, who was in the plane when it fell from the sky, and why no one involved seems willing to tell the truth. By turns an absorbing mystery and a fascinating exploration of race, family and loyalty, Eagle and Crane is that rare novel that tells a gripping story as it explores a terrible era of American history.
Una obsessiva història d'amor, amb ingredients de novel·la negra, entre dues dones al Nova York dels anys vint.

El 1922, la jornada laboral a la comissaria del districte del Lower East Side, a Nova York, transcorre al ritme que imposa la nova llei que prohibeix la producció, la venda i el transport de begudes alcohòliques.

La feina es va acumulant però la Rose Baker no es queixa: és mecanògrafa de professió i la seva tasca consisteix a escoltar i reproduir fidelment les paraules dels delinqüents que desfilen cada dia per la comissaria. Robatoris, suborns i delictes de sang són el pa de cada dia, així doncs, la mecanògrafa sembla una dona difícil d'impressionar, però tot canvia el matí que l'Odalie entra a formar part del seu equip. Mentre que la Rose porta els cabells castanys discretament recollits, l'Odalie s'atreveix a anar pentinada a la garçonne, a fumar i a sovintejar els millors restaurants sense preocupar-se pel compte. Té una mirada que fascina homes i dones, i la Rose cau a la seva xarxa i viu amb ella els plaers ocults que la ciutat de Nova York reserva a qui sap gaudir del que és bo.

Què és mentida i què és veritat en la vida de l'Odalie? Haurem de llegir fins a la darrera pàgina per arribar a entendre un joc pervers, deutor de la novel·la negra i del millor cinema, que el talent de Suzanne Rindell converteix en literatura amb majúscules.

«Més val no començar a llegir aquesta novel·la abans d'anar a dormir... T'arrisques a passar la nit en blanc.»
Alice LaPlante, New York Times

Una obsesiva historia entre dos mujeres ambientada en el Nueva York de los años veinte. Con ingredientes de novela negra, La otra mecanógrafa gira en torno al tema de la suplantación de la personalidad y de las distintas versiones que se pueden elaborar de un mismo suceso.

En 1922, la jornada laboral en la comisaría del distrito del Lower East Side, en Nueva York, transcurre al ritmo impuesto por una nueva ley que prohíbe la producción, venta y transporte de bebidas alcohólicas.

El trabajo se va acumulando, pero Rose Baker no se queja: es mecanógrafa de profesión y su tarea consiste en escuchar y reproducir fielmente las palabras de los criminales que cada día desfilan por el edificio. Robos, sobornos y delitos de sangre son su pan de cada día, así que parece una mujer difícil de impresionar, pero todo cambia la mañana en que Odalie entra a formar parte del equipo: mientras Rose lleva el pelo castaño recogido en un discretomoño, Odalie se atreve a estrenar melena a la garçonne, a fumar y a frecuentar los mejores restaurantes, sin preocuparse demasiado por la cuenta. Su mirada fascina a hombres y mujeres, y Rose cae en sus redes, viviendo con ella los placeres ocultos que reserva la ciudad de Nueva York a quien sabe disfrutar de lo bueno.

¿Qué es mentira y qué verdad en la vida de Odalie? Habrá que leer hasta la última página para entender un juego perverso, deudor de la novela negra y del mejor cine, que el talento de Suzanne Rindell convierte en gran literatura.

Reseña:
«Mejor no empezar esta novela antes de ir a dormir...Te arriesgas a pasar la noche en blanco.»
Alice LaPlante, The New York Times

Two young daredevil flyers confront ugly truths and family secrets during the U.S. internment of Japanese citizens during World War II, from the author of The Other Typist and Three-Martini Lunch.

Louis Thorn and Haruto "Harry" Yamada--Eagle and Crane--are the star attractions of Earl Shaw's Flying Circus, a daredevil (and not exactly legal) flying act that traverses Depression-era California. The young men have a complicated relationship, thanks to the Thorn family's belief that the Yamadas--Japanese immigrants--stole land that should have stayed in the Thorn family.

When Louis and Harry become aerial stuntmen, performing death-defying tricks high above audiences, they're both drawn to Shaw's smart and appealing stepdaughter, Ava Brooks. After the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and one of Shaw's planes mysteriously crashes and two charred bodies are discovered in it, authorities conclude that the victims were Harry and his father, Kenichi, who had escaped from a Japanese internment camp they had been sent to by the federal government. To the local sheriff, the situation is open and shut. But to the lone FBI agent assigned to the case, the details don't add up.

Thus begins an investigation into what really happened to cause the plane crash, who was in the plane when it fell from the sky, and why no one involved seems willing to tell the truth. By turns an absorbing mystery and a fascinating exploration of race, family and loyalty, Eagle and Crane is that rare novel that tells a gripping story as it explores a terrible era of American history.
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