A thrilling tale of courage and secrets set in postwar London and Paris, in which a search for a missing husband puts investigator and former war reporter Billie Walker on a collision course with an underground network of Nazi criminals
It’s 1947. The world continues to grapple with the fallout of the Second World War, and former war reporter Billie Walker is finding her feet as an investigator. When a wealthy client hires Billie and her assistant Sam to track down her missing husband, the trail leads Billie back to London and Paris, where Billie’s own painful memories also lurk. Jack Rake, Billie's wartime lover and, briefly, husband, is just one of the millions of people who went missing in Europe during the war. What was his fate after they left Paris together?
As Billie's search for her client's husband takes her to both the swanky bars at Paris's famous Ritz hotel and to the dank basements of the infamous Paris morgue, she'll need to keep her gun at the ready, because something even more terrible than a few painful memories might be following her around the city of lights . . .
About the Author
Tara Moss is an internationally bestselling author, human rights activist, documentary and podcast host, and model. Her crime novels have been published in nineteen countries and thirteen languages, and her memoir, The Fictional Woman, was a #1 international bestseller. Her most recent novel is the The War Widow, which was also an international bestseller and is the first book in the Billie Walker series. Tara is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has received the Edna Ryan Award for significant contributions to feminist debate and for speaking out on behalf of women and children. In 2017, Tara Moss was recognized as one of the Global Top 50 Diversity Figures in Public Life. In 2021, she reported, wrote, and hosted the Audible Original true crime podcast The Man in the Balaclava. Moss lives in Vancouver with her family.
PRAISE FOR TARA MOSS:
“Billie Walker—a feisty and flamboyant combination of Martha Gellhorn and Sherlock Holmes in “Fighting Red” lipstick—and her adventures continue, leading her back to London and Paris in this crackling post-war noir adventure— where ghosts from Billie’s past are as vivid as the bad guys she’s chasing.” —Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times-bestselling author of the Maggie Hope series and Mother Daughter Traitor Spy
“Postwar Sydney, London, and Paris come alive in Moss’s intense sequel to The War Widow …A richly detailed historical mystery that spotlights social issues like postwar persecution of LGBTQ communities in both Sydney and Paris. Readers of Sulari Gentill’s “Rowland Sinclair” mysteries, set in interwar Sydney, will appreciate Moss’s riveting series."—Library Review (STARRED)
“This is a story sure to command any reader’s interest. It is full of derring-do, luscious descriptions in the cities of England and France, and appealing and not-so-appealing characters….”—New York Journal of Books
“Ingenious, spirited, feminist... Billie Walker is the most enjoyable heroine I’ve come across in a long time.” —Cecila Eckbäck, award-winning author of The Historians and Wolf Winter
“The romance of Paris, the adrenaline rush of a deadly chase, a soul-shattering secret, and a resilient heroine make for a gripping read.”—Booklist “Prolific author Tara Moss’s latest mystery is a complex, multilayered narrative that takes the reader from late 1940s Australia into the war-ravaged city of London with contrasting forays into Paris, France.” —Historical Novel Society
"Billie is smart and resourceful and truly ahead of her time…Tara Moss does her research and her descriptions of a post-war London and Paris ring true."—Woman Around Town on The Ghosts of Paris
"The War Widow and The Ghosts of Paris are packed with fascinating characters, issues and events, vivid historical settings, and spearheaded by a brilliant protagonist."—Mystery Scene Magazine
“Billie Walker—a feisty and flamboyant combination of Martha Gellhorn and Sherlock Holmes in 'Fighting Red' lipstick—and her adventures continue, leading her back to London and Paris in this crackling post-war noir adventure— where ghosts from Billie’s past are as vivid as the bad guys she’s chasing.” —Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times-bestselling author of the Maggie Hope series and Mother Daughter Traitor Spy
“Moss does a good job portraying how Australian Aboriginals and women were treated at the time…Historical romance fans will find a lot to like.” —Publishers Weekly on The Ghosts of Paris
"Billie Walker [is] a tough-talking, glamorous feminist who’s as adept with a pistol as she is on the dance floor, haunted by a tragic past, and unafraid to take on the darkest of foes." —Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Magnolia Palace
"Billie Walker is the type of heroine I'd love to befriend: resourceful, clever, adventurous, and a true fashionista."—Ellen Keith, nationally bestselling author of The Dutch Wife
“Saucy leading lady Billie Walker [is] a war reporter-turned-private investigator in post-WWII Australia who—much like Moss herself—refuses to be defined or held back by any man on her quest for justice."—The Boston Herald “Brilliantly atmospheric and completely immersive—this stylishly fierce adventure into post-war darkness will hold you captive on every page… A cinematic and important feminist noir—dark as midnight velvet and tough as steel. Do not miss this!” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of The First to Lie, on The War Widow
"Spirited...thoroughly researched and anchored by the spunky, sympathetic heroine at its heart...Readers will finish the book clamoring for Billie's next case." —Booklist on The War Widow
"Rich period detail and a fierce, feminist heroine distinguish this stylish twist on the classic 1940s detective novel." —Publishers Weekly on The War Widow
“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) on The War Widow
“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 on The War Widow
“...an absorbing page turner.” —The Montecito Journal "The sequel to The War Widow is a richly detailed mystery emphasizing political dangers in a world still struggling with the fall-out of the war and Nazi influence. The author emphasizes the differences in treatment and threats to the LGBTQIA diverse, whether in Sydney or Paris. It’s the atmosphere Moss creates in this book that makes it so compelling." —Lesa's Book Critiques on The Ghost of Paris