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The Big Man's Daughter

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18 year-old Rita Gaspereaux is suddenly "orphaned" when her con-artist father's illegal enterprise blows up around her. Alone and broke in San Francisco 1922, she must now navigate his criminal world, all the time haunted by tales of a black bird statuette reputed to possess otherworldly, wish-fulfilling powers. Rita has learned much from her father about the dark fringes ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Seventh Street Books (first published May 19th 2020)
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Mary Lawrence
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
In its opening scene, Rita Gaspereaux makes funeral arrangements for her con artist father whose illicit enterprise has come to a sudden and fatal end. Having been schooled in the finer points of scamming funeral directors, the young woman realizes a bit too late that this mortician was a victim of a prior scheme and he was not about to let it happen again. It is a testament to her father’s example that she expertly weasels out of her predicament and gets what she wants.

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Elizabeth Craft
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
What happened to a minor character from a classic detective novel? This author takes the character from the end of that novel into her own story. I especially liked how the author interwove the story of his main character with the story in the novel she was reading. It led to an ending that surprised me. Overall a very satisfying read. I got this book in the mail yesterday from my mystery book club and finished it today.
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Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A life of grifting and other criminal enterprises is all Rita Gasperaux knows. It’s a life she didn’t choose and wants to put some distance between it and herself. She has a plan. Get to Hollywood and become a film star. Nothing works out the way it’s supposed to and Rita finds herself entangled in a venture to retrieve a statuette that is said to contain magical powers.

I liked the 1920’s vibe the book had. I also liked how everyone made no apologies for the kind of person they were. Good or ba
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