The Ghosts of Paris
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 . . .
Set in 1947, Moss's intriguing sequel to 2020's The War Widow finds business booming for Billie Walker, Sydney, Australia's "most famous or was it infamous? female inquiry agent." Billie's new client, Vera Montgomery, needs to find her husband, Richard, who disappeared toward the end of 1945 after acting as an information official at the Australia in Peace and War exposition in Paris. Until Richard is found or declared dead, Mrs. Montgomery's financial and social situation is in limbo. Billie, who was a war correspondent in Paris, seems ideally suited for the job. At twice her daily fee, Billie and her tall, handsome secretary, Sam Baker, head for Paris. Billie's search is colored by her desire to find her own husband, photojournalist Jack Rake. In 1944, he too disappeared in Paris, and Billie has just received news that a mutual friend believes she spotted him in late 1946. Moss does a good job portraying how Australian Aboriginals and women were treated at the time, but the neat resolutions to the missing men cases, which involve little effort on Billie's part, come as something of a letdown. Historical romance fans will find a lot to like. Agent: Chris Bucci, Cooke McDermid Literary.