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This Dame for Hireby Sandra Scoppettone
Synopses & Reviews
"I didn't start out to be a private eye. I thought I was gonna be a secretary — get my boss his java in the morning, take letters, and so on. Hell, I didn't get my degree in steno to put my life on the line. It was true I wanted an interesting job, but that I'd end up a PI myself...it never entered my mind."
New York, 1943. Almost anything in pants has gone to serve Uncle Sam in the war — including Woody Mason, the head of a detective agency in midtown Manhattan. Left to run the show is his secretary, Faye Quick, who signed on to be a steno, not a shamus. At twenty-six and five foot four, there's not much to Faye, but she's got moxie — which she'll need when she stumbles over a dead girl in the street and takes on her first murder case.
This victim wasn't any ordinary girl. Claudette West was a student at NYU and the daughter of a Park Avenue family. Faye, who lives in bohemian Greenwich Village — where no one cares how you look — ventures uptown, where people care enough about money to kill for it. Claudette's father is convinced greed was the motive, and that Claudette's working-class boyfriend, Richard Cotten, killed the girl because she threw him off the gravy train.
Faye, however, isn't so sure, not when she learns about all the other men Claudette was secretly seeing — from her lecherous literature professor to an apparent con artist. For Faye, there are more shocking surprises in store than turns and dips in the Coney Island Cyclone.
Going after the bad guys and fighting a good fight on the home front, Faye is as scrappy and endearing as any character Sandra Scoppettone has ever created, and This Dame for Hire's period setting is rendered so real you can hear the big-band music, see the nylons and fedoras, and feel the rumble of the Third Avenue El. When it comes to an irresistible detective and a riveting new series, you must remember this: Here's looking at Faye Quick.
"There are echoes of Chandler and Hammett in the distance, but the plot offers some fresh surprises. Best of all, Quick's 1943 New York looks like old magazine and newspaper photographs come to life." Publishers Weekly
"Scoppettone delivers a satisfying plot about love gone wrong and a large cast of engaging characters." Booklist
"Too many writers of private-eye fiction feel they're putting their own stamp on the genre by making the crimes more lurid or the detective more loopy. But old pro Sandra Scoppettone goes back to basics, adds a little twist and comes up with a true original." Detroit Free Press
The author of the Lauren Laurano mystery series introduces Faye Quick, a sassy secretary who reluctantly becomes a P.I. when her boss joins the Army in 1943. As it turns out, she catches on quickly and is especially adept at solving crimes she literally stumbles over.
About the Author
Sandra Scoppettone has written numerous other novels, including three under the pseudonym Jack Early. Most recently she created the five-book series of mystery novels featuring New York private eye Lauren Laurano. Scoppettone lives on Long Island in New York.
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