Eagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell

Eagle & Crane

Suzanne Rindell

In California during the U.S. internment of Japanese citizens, a plane crashes with two charred bodies, and an investigation exposes the ugly truths and secrets of a family.

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Two young daredevil flyers confront ugly truths and family secrets during the U.S. internment of Japanese citizens during World War II, from the author of The Other Typist and Three-Martini Lunch.

Louis Thorn and Haruto "Harry" Yamada--Eagle and Crane--are the star attractions of Earl Shaw's Flying Circus, a daredevil (and not exactly legal) flying act that traverses Depression-era California. The young men have a complicated relationship, thanks to the Thorn family's belief that the Yamadas--Japanese immigrants--stole land that should have stayed in the Thorn family.

When Louis and Harry become aerial stuntmen, performing death-defying tricks high above audiences, they're both drawn to Shaw's smart and appealing stepdaughter, Ava Brooks. After the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and one of Shaw's planes mysteriously crashes and two charred bodies are discovered in it, authorities conclude that the victims were Harry and his father, Kenichi, who had escaped from a Japanese internment camp they had been sent to by the federal government. To the local sheriff, the situation is open and shut. But to the lone FBI agent assigned to the case, the details don't add up.

Thus begins an investigation into what really happened to cause the plane crash, who was in the plane when it fell from the sky, and why no one involved seems willing to tell the truth. By turns an absorbing mystery and a fascinating exploration of race, family and loyalty, Eagle and Crane is that rare novel that tells a gripping story as it explores a terrible era of American history.

Advance Galley Reviews

Excellent book! Seems no country did not do some injustice to a part of their population through time. Not a big fan of flashbacks but dates given at the beginning of each chapter helped. Then the plot and characters took off. So glad to have received this from First To Read.

Starts with an investigation of an airplane crash with two escapees from a Japanese interment camp found dead and the main investigator Bonner digging further into the crash. Harry Yamada and Louis Thorn are the main characters who are not friends because of a land dispute, but after both ride in biplanes decide to join a flying circus. Chronicles their barn storming years and the Japanese Americans interment in camps which leads to Harry and his Father's escape. Ava is their companion and both are interested in her causing further stress on their relationship. Her intelligence and unwavering strength is crucial in the investigation end. Interesting and informative read while entertaining and thrilling. The mystery and ending were especially satisfying. Recommend particularly if you like historical reads.


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