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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. When 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.

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Suzanne Rindell

Suzanne Rindell is a doctoral student in American modernist literature at Rice University. Her first novel, THE OTHER TYPIST, debuted on May 7, 2013. It has been translated into 15 languages and optioned for film by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Her second novel, THREE-MARTINI LUNCH, is forthcoming from Putnam on April 5, 2016. She lives in New York City and is currently working on a third novel. About my reviews/activity on : Mama always said, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. " If I read and like a book, I give it five stars here on . That's why you don't see any other ratings from me (I swear that while I'm pretty bad with computers, I know how to click different amounts of stars, I just don't) . When a book I liked stays on my mind, I may even write a sentence or two about why I liked it or jot down some little observation I made in the course of reading it that made me feel like a smarty pants. And yes, I've read plenty of books that I don't like. Sometimes I'm naughty and I don't even finish reading certain books. But life's too short to spend your time grousing about books you don't like when you could be talking about those you did like, and those that have inspired you. I'm a writer, not a professional reviewer. Personally, for me, it's much more rewarding to focus on the immense sea of wonderful books out there.

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