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Louise's War by Sarah R. Shaber
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Having read all of Sarah Shaber's Simon Shaw series and lamenting the lack of new titles, I was thrilled to come across this title. Homefront WWII? Only my favorite sub-genre!! In this case, the anticipation outweighed the reality.

Louise Pearlie, a 30 year old widow, has escaped her North Carolina family fish camp to work for the newly developed OSS. As the only clerk with Top Secret clearance, she comes across a file on Gerard Bloch, the husband of her best friend Rachel in college. After realizing that she may be able to help Rachel, a Jew, get out of Vichy France, she brings the folder to her boss' attention. Hours later, her boss is dead of an apparent heart attack and the file is missing.
As Louise tries to figure out what happened to the missing file, she inadvertently becomes involved in the secretative intelligence game.

The novel is very slow moving in the beginning, as the author seems to focus on setting the period...refrigerated rooms, humid Washington summer, rationing, color and social barriers, makeup, cars and clothing. About halfway through the novel, the pace picks up and the action moves along at a better clip, with a little less attention to period detail - not necessarily a bad thing.

Overall, it was a quick and interesting read. I plan to read the next in the series, hoping that the place and time have been set and that there is more focus on the story itself.
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