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Sunday September 3rd 1939. At the moment Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain broadcasts to the nation Britain’s
declaration of war with Germany, a senior Secret Service
agent breaks into Maisie Dobbs' flat to await her return.
Dr. Francesca Thomas has an urgent assignment for Maisie: to
find the killer of a man who escaped occupied Belgium as a
boy, some twenty-three years earlier during the Great War.
In a London shadowed by barrage balloons, bomb shelters and
the threat of invasion, within days another former Belgian
refugee is found murdered. And as Maisie delves deeper into
the killings of the dispossessed from the “last war," a new
kind of refugee — an evacuee from London — appears in
Maisie's life. The little girl billeted at Maisie’s home in
Kent does not, or cannot, speak, and the authorities do not
know who the child belongs to or who might have put her on
the “Operation Pied Piper” evacuee train. They know only
that her name is Anna.
As Maisie’s search for the killer escalates, the country
braces for what is to come. Britain is approaching its
gravest hour — and Maisie could be nearing a crossroads of
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