cover image Scandal in the Secret City: A Libby Clark Mystery

Scandal in the Secret City: A Libby Clark Mystery

Diane Fanning. Severn, $28.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-7278-8404-6

This awkward first in a new WWII-era series from Fanning (Chain Reaction) introduces Elizabeth “Libby” Clark, a chemist at the secret atomic bomb development facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., who encounters sexism, suspicion, and jealousy from male colleagues as well as from women employed in secretarial and other clerical positions. Only the friendship of her roommate, Ruth Nance, and the approval of Gen. Leslie Groves, head of the Manhattan Project, provide solace. After Ruth and Libby stumble across the body of Ruth’s sister, Irene, who also worked at Oak Ridge, their pursuit of the case results in Ruth losing her job and Libby facing official stonewalling and pressure to forget what she has seen in the name of the national interest. Libby subsequently turns to an eccentric coterie of scientists for help in tracking down the killer in a story guilty of gaps in logic and an obvious perpetrator. [em]Agent: Jane Dystel, Dystel & Goderich. (Nov.) [/em]