Under the Paper Moon (Hardcover)

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Kate Quinn’s The Rose Code meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this intrigue-filled debut, as two former spies who shared more than just missions during WWII reunite in 1948 Los Angeles. Can they let go of heartbreak long enough to team up for one last operation in this tightly-plotted, emotionally rich postwar mystery?

It’s 1942, and as far as her father knows, Evelyn Bishop, heiress to an aeronautics fortune, is working as a translator in London. In truth, Evelyn—daring, beautiful, and as adept with a rifle as she is in five languages—has joined the Office of Strategic Services as a spy. Her goal is personal: to find her brother, who is being held as a POW in a Nazi labor camp. Through one high-risk mission after another she is paired with the reckless and rebellious Nick Gallagher, growing ever close to him until the war’s end brings with it an act of deep betrayal.

Six years later, Evelyn is back home in Los Angeles, working as a private investigator. The war was supposed to change everything, yet Evelyn, contemplating marriage to her childhood sweetheart, feels stifled by convention. Then the suspected cheating husband she’s tailing is murdered, and suddenly Evelyn is back in Nick’s orbit again.

Teaming up for a final mission, Evelyn and Nick begin to uncover the true nature of her case— and realize that the war has followed them home. For beyond the public horrors waged by nations there are countless secret, desperate acts that still reverberate on both continents, and threaten everything Evelyn holds dear...

About the Author


Shaina Steinberg is the author of the Bishop & Gallagher Mysteries, as well as a film and television writer who’s worked on Malcolm in the Middle, Everwood, Cold Case, Bionic Woman and Spartacus. Named to the Young and Hungry List in 2013 and the WriteHer List in 2017, she has developed pitches, pilots and features with companies such as Temple Hill, Endgame Entertainment, Fremantle, eOne, Blondie Girl, Josephson Entertainment and Alcon. Most recently, she optioned a feature film to Balcony 9 with shooting scheduled to begin in 2023. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, CA and can be found online at ShainaSteinberg.com.

Praise For…


Praise for Under the Paper Moon

“An intelligent and engrossing post WWII mystery with a couple of whip-smart, gutsy PIs who defy death, the odds, and expectations. Once you start this book, I defy you to put it down.” —Dianne Freeman, author of the Agatha and Lefty award winning Countess of Harleigh mysteries.

"WWII has ended but treachery lingers in the most unlikely places in this suspenseful mystery featuring a daredevil pair who thrive on danger, adventure, and each other. A fabulous debut!" —Alyssa Maxwell, author of Murder at the Elms

“Screenwriter Steinberg’s fizzy debut balances quick-witted romance with colorful bursts of two-fisted action…Steinberg’s screenwriting experience serves her well in a plot that often feels plucked from a black-and-white rom-com…There’s plenty of bounce and bite in the execution. Readers will be eager to see what Steinberg does next.—Publishers Weekly

“World War II may be over, but its wounds are far from healed…An exciting character-driven combination of mystery, thriller, and love stories, with plenty of twists in all three.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The romance, the trail of betrayal, and the critical flashbacks give a cinematic feel to this postwar thriller.” Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9781496747808
ISBN-10: 1496747801
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English