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A classic World War II-era noir with a page-turning plot, a cast of colorfully sinister characters and a protagonist who is thrust into the heart of political intrigue, this captivating 1943 novel parallels the spy novels of Grahame Greene, Eric Ambler, and the films of Hitchcock and Lang. But in -signature Hughes fashion, The Blackbirder has a genre-bending twist: its hardboiled protagonist is a woman.

Born of American expatriate parents, Julie Guilles was a pretty, sheltered rich girl growing up in Paris, a favorite of the “Ritz Bar” set. But everything changed when the Nazis rolled into the City of Lights. After three years of life underground, Julie is hiding out in New York; but she knows trouble is coming when the corpse of an acquaintance appears on her doorstep. With a host of possible dangers on her tail—the Gestapo, the FBI and the New York cops—she embarks on a desperate journey to Santa Fe in search of her last, best hope. “The Blackbirder”is a legend among refugees, a trafficker in human souls who flies under the radar to bring people to safety across the Mexican border—for a price.

With no resources at her disposal but a smuggled diamond necklace and her own razor-sharp wits, Julie must navigate a tangle of dangers—and take a stand in the worldwide struggle that has shattered the lives of millions. In contrast to the typical representations of wartime women as “Mrs. Minivers” guarding home and hearth, Dorothy B. Hughes gives her intrepid heroine a place at the heart of the action

Dorothy B. Hughes (1904–1993) is the author of numerous hardboiled mystery novels. Three of her books became successful films: The Fallen Sparrow (1943), Ride the Pink Horse (1947), and In a Lonely Place (1950), reprinted by the Feminist Press in 2003. In 1978 she was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.

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Julie Guilles's life is changed forever when she is forced to hide out in New York after the Nazis roll into Paris and must navigate a host of dangers in an effort to get across the Mexican border when the corpse of an acquaintance appears on her doorstep. Simultaneous.

Synopsis:

From the "queen of noir," a gripping 1943 WWII espionage novel with a unique hardboiled heroine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781558617742
Publisher:
The Feminist Press at CUNY
Subject:
General Fiction
Author:
Hughes, Dorothy Belle
Author:
Hughes, Dorothy B.
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Fugitives from justice
Subject:
Women
Subject:
New mexico
Subject:
Deserts
Subject:
Political fiction
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Literary Criticism : Women Authors
Publication Date:
October 2012
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
288

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Product details 288 pages The Feminist Press at CUNY - English 9781558617742 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Julie Guilles's life is changed forever when she is forced to hide out in New York after the Nazis roll into Paris and must navigate a host of dangers in an effort to get across the Mexican border when the corpse of an acquaintance appears on her doorstep. Simultaneous.
"Synopsis" by , From the "queen of noir," a gripping 1943 WWII espionage novel with a unique hardboiled heroine.
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