by Ursula Steck
Anna Spring has opened a private investigation firm with her neighbor Martha Bega. Now their very first big case lands on their doorstep courtesy of Susan Bradley, one of San Francisco’s few billionaires. It seems that Laura Cunningham, the daughter of one of Susan’s high-society acquaintances, was murdered a few months ago by her lover, Inez Belize. Inez has confessed to the crime and is now serving a lifelong prison sentence.
Anna has been hired to do something that seems simple enough – find a manuscript that Laura had written. Anna’s journey takes her into the entangled conscience of an innocent convict, back to America’s deep south, to the lies and cruelties of a family greedy for wealth, global influence and admiration, and finally into the mind of a most unlikely killer. All the while she has to fight against invisible hunters, unbelievable conspiracies, and her own desire to just run and hide and lead a peaceful life with the woman of her fantasies.
Laura’s War continues the story of Anna Spring, introduced in The Next World.
Lambda Literary Foundation
Laura's War: Finalist, Lesbian Mystery.
Just About Write
Anna Furtado - April, 2008: Anna Spring was first introduced to us in Ursula Steck's first American novel, The Next World. However, in Steck's current work, Laura's War, a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in the Women's Mystery category, the microbiologist, turned security officer, turned amateur sleuth, has finally found her way to opening her own detective agency with her business partner, Martha Bega... Steck reveals a fascinating thought process in the topics that she chooses to examine in Laura's War, as in her previous work.
R. Lynne - October, 2007: In Laura's War, Ursula Steck has written a complex novel which takes her protagonist from the local California state prison to the Deep South, on a journey to find the truth about Laura, her life and her death... Both Anna Spring and Martha Bega are enjoyable characters. Anna, new to the business, is gutsy and sometimes rash. Martha is crusty, knowledgeable, and caring. She is on Anna's side and will not let her down. Both Laura and Anna are bi-racial, and Martha does her sleuthing from a wheel chair. Laura's War has characters that are as diverse as the population of San Francisco, and many times, just as quirky. This is a tightly written mystery that is an excellent read all the way to its exciting end.