Snow Train

In December 1941 an enemy attack launched the United States of America into World War II when the Imperial Army of Japan surprised the Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Americans had been watching the Europeans battle for two years already; hopes were high that the US could remain out. But on December 7 all that changed. Later that week Germany and Italy declared war against the US.

For Dorie Lennox, a private detective in Kansas City, like all Americans, the sudden and tragic entry into the war was traumatic. This short story takes place two weeks after Pearl Harbor, as the country adjusts, as Christmas comes round again, war or no war. It continues the stories from 1939 and 1940 in One O’clock Jump and Sweet and Lowdown, where Dorie and her colleagues looked on as the world plunged into war. Now it’s here. Life for Dorie has changed, but she doesn’t know how yet. Read this 4000-word short story and catch up on KC’s favorite girl detective.

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“Dorie Lennox is a humdinger of a private eye.” — Sue Grafton, bestselling author of the Kinsey Millhone mysteries

“Lise McClendon expertly probes the mystery of human desires with a character so real you will swear you are riding in the Packard next to her.” –Michael Connelly, bestselling author

“A convincing re-creation of time, place, and a hard-nosed, emotionally scarred heroine” — Library Journal [One O’clock Jump]

“Lennox is Tough, Tender and Terrific” — Kansas City Amazon reviewer

“An excellent historical series, with evocative period dialogue and a story line full of surprises.” — Publisher’s Weekly

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