by Lia Matera

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The novella Champawat placed third in the vote for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine's Readers Award for 2012. This ebook edition adds the prequel short story "The Children," which opened Ellery Queen's 70th Anniversary issue (Oct/Nov 2011).

Champawat begins with a crime in a wealthy Washington D.C. household devastated by the Spanish flu of 1918. Even before a neighbor--soon-to-be Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer--is bombed by Anarchists, a former servant finds herself relentlessly pursued across country by a U.S. Marshal. The young maid, raised by Italian Anarchists, is sure the marshal means to trick her into a careless response, one that will allow him to arrest her for actions or statements illegal under the wartime Alien and Sedition Acts. The question is, why? Things do not end well when the pair play cat-and-mouse just before Armistice Day, nor when they meet again during Seattle's 107,000-worker general strike. But their final contretemps might be the death of them both, along with the houseful of prominent politicians there to discuss 1920's Democratic primary.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158469633
Publisher: Lia Matera
Publication date: 04/24/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 461 KB

About the Author

Lia Matera is the author of twelve novels, ten short stories, and a novella. She is a graduate of Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where she was editor-in-chief of the Constitutional Law Quarterly. She is a member of the California Bar and was a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School before becoming a full-time writer.

Two of her novels were nominated for the mystery genre's top prize, the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Three were nominated for the Anthony Award, and two were nominated for the Macavity Award. Her story, "Dead Drunk," originally printed in Scott Turow's Guilty As Charged, won the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award for Best Short Story of 1996. Her novella Champawat placed third in the vote for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine's 2012 Readers Award.

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