Shadowed by Death

Book Two of the Oliver Wright WWII Mysteries

Marine Lieutenant Oliver Wright finds himself surrounded by women: A beauty left for dead in the San Francisco Presidio; a stubborn Polish resistance fighter who escaped the Nazis; a communist chicken farmer; and a twelve-year-old girl who risks her life to save a grieving dog.

When he solves the mystery they are involved in, the former homicide detective must decide whether to enforce the law and jeopardize the woman whose life he saved, or to accept a rougher kind of justice.

Shadowed by Death is a story of love, kindness, and courage.

Audiobook narrated by Jeremy Arthur
First Place Royal Dragonfly Book Awards 2019


“Set in 1944 San Francisco, Adler’s superior second whodunit featuring homicide detective Oliver Wright (after 2014’s In the Shadow of Lies), finds Wright, who has returned to the U.S from combat in the Pacific with only one good leg, serving as a JAG lieutenant. He has mixed feelings about his homicide cases: ‘regret for the victim and her family, and an unseemly exhilaration at being able to do a job I loved—a job that required someone to die violently, unwillingly.’… Fans of Sheldon Russell’s Hook Runyan series will find this a more than acceptable substitute.”
Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“This is the second installment in this series, and, after devouring this one in a single setting, I am frantically digging for the first. Shadowed by Death paints a wonderful noir-ish picture of a city at war. Mary Adler does a masterful job in exploring the murky waters, hidden complexities, and shifting allegiances of nationalistic and political loyalties during WWII. I highly recommend Shadowed by Death, a definite must-read.”
—Readers’ Favorite