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 . . .
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

“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

"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