In the Shadow of Lies

In the Shadow of Lies: An Oliver Wright WW II Mystery, Book One

Richmond, California. World War II. Homicide detective Oliver Wright comes home from the war in the Pacific injured and afraid his career is over.

But when an Italian Prisoner of War is murdered the night the Port Chicago Mutiny verdicts are announced, and black soldiers are suspected of the crime, the Army asks Oliver to find out the truth.

He joins forces with an Italian POW captain and with a black MP embittered by a segregated military. During their investigation, these unlikely allies expose layers of deceit and violence that stretch back to World War I.

In the Shadow of Lies reveals the darkness and turmoil of the Bay Area during World War II, while celebrating the spirit of the everyday people who made up the home front. Its intriguing characters will resonate with the reader long after its deftly intertwined mysteries are solved.
(This is the revised edition of the original version published in 2014.)







San Francisco Book Review. M.A. Adler weaves this taunting mystery through a series of intriguing clues, tragic deaths, awful crimes, and troubled characters. In the Shadow of Lies proves to be a skillfully written mystery taking place during a very distressing period in American history, yet confirms that hope and kindness can triumph over intolerance in the darkest of times. Ruth Duran-Chea. *****

Readers’ Favorite. Adler’s In the Shadow of Lies is beautifully written, with vivid descriptions of the golden hillsides, Italian coffee shops, foggy mornings and the coast… This book is a marvelous mix of history and police-procedural, with characters who are well-defined and vibrant, and an original and suspenseful story-line that does not disappoint. In the Shadow of Lies is a remarkable work and is most highly recommended. *****