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Lisa Lieberman captures 1950s nostalgia and noir in All the Wrong Places

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What is it about the 1950s that captures our imaginations? In her first mystery novel, All the Wrong Places (Five Star, March 2015), Lisa Lieberman, an expert on postwar European history, takes inspiration from both the good and the bad of the 1950s: classic cinema and Grace Kelly’s glamour on one hand, and postwar reconstruction and McCarthyism on another. England, June 1953: our narrator, 19-year-old actress Cara Walden, and her half-brother Gray fled Hollywood two years ago. Cara had just given up her baby boy for adoption, while Gray decided that a homosexual screenwriter with Communist leanings would be better off abroad, away from McCarthy’s blacklist. Here in perpetually rainy, foggy London, Cara’s career takes unexpected turns: she fills in…

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