LIPSTICK AND LIES
"A sharply written adventure/mystery debut with a fine feeling for the period."
"This is an exciting, beautifully written documented adventure story that combines fact and fiction into an engrossing drama of spy work and the actual infiltration of Nazi agents into mid-west America."
Elizabeth McIntosh, former OSS agent and author of Sisterhood of Spies
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Women Airforce Service Pilot and undercover agent, Pucci Lewis, did not want to go to jail. But how else could she unmask Grace Buchanan-Dineen, an imprisoned countess-counteragent suspected of triple-dealing and possibly putting our country's future at risk?
Dineen, a real-life figure, led a German spy ring that operated in Detroit during WWII. Confronted by the FBI, she agreed to act as a counteragent helping to nail the other ring members. Jailed along with her cohorts"for her own protection"her rancor ran deep.
Enter Pucci, landing in a B-24 bomber at the Willow Run aircraft factory. Late for a meeting, she takes a shortcut and stumbles upon a corpse. Agent Dante appears and reveals the dead man to be a German spy. A fellow Willow Run employee, Otto Renner, has been under surveillance and the FBI suspects a link between Renner and the imprisoned countess. Dante convinces Pucci to become a sister inmate to see what she can learn.
Pucci's undercover work quickly ratchets up. In addition to her jail assignment, she infiltrates a posh women's club where Dineen, billed as a "charm consultant," once lectured. Can the club really be the center of a spy ring?
Liesche's debut showcases her effortless period detail and a stunning command of 1940s lingo, plus an adventuresome and resourceful heroine.
Poisoned Pen Press hardcover, April 9, 2007, ISBN-10: 1590583205, ISBN-13: 978-1590583203