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Francine Mattews has worked as a foreign-policy analyst for the CIA. She is the author of The Cutout, which has been purchased for a major motion picture by Warner Bros.; The Secret Agent; and Blown. Under the pseudonym Stephanie Barron, she is the author of eight bestselling Jane Austen mysteries. She lives in Colorado, where she is at work on her next novel of historical suspense.

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Imagine the impeccable period details of Alan Furst's novels about Paris during WWII mixed with a cast straight out of Casablanca and you begin to get some idea of the pleasures on tap in Mathews's new thriller (after 2005's Blown). Set in Paris in the spring of 1940, the book offers great female characters: Sally King, a top American model who works for Coco Chanel and whose lawyer lover is murdered in the first few pages; an African-American singer, Memphis Jones, much loved by a mysterious German; and Irene Curie, daughter of the famous scientists, who holds a dangerous secret that could change history. On the male side, there's Joe Hearst, a diplomat with brains and a heart who works as special investigator for the American ambassador, "Champagne Bill" Bullitt (a real figure). Other important actual people like John Foster Dulles and his brother, Allen, are on hand, and much of the action centers on the Alibi Club, a small but very hot nightclub where Memphis sings nightly and the other characters hatch plots and try to solve murders before the Nazis officially take over. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Four women try to rescue a brilliant scientist from the Nazis-with explosive results. From the former CIA analyst who doubles as mystery writer Stephanie Barron. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"What a movie The Alibi Club would make."--Chicago Tribune

"Imagine the impeccable period details of Alan Furst's novels about Paris during WWII mixed with a cast straight out of Casablanca and you begin to get some idea of the pleasures on tap in Mathew's new thriller."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A unique portrait of life on the edge of horror... [with] a remarkable cast of characters."--San Francisco Chronicle

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