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Feb 15, 2018 06:26AM

58291 Christopher wrote: "Spoiler- the 'white slavery' at the end is a pretty hoary pulp trope. I think it was old when Dan Turner was breaking up white slavery rings in Spicy Detective."

Agreed - it was a little over the top, but by that point in the book I wanted something good to happen.

Oh, and, my, oh, my . . . the duct tape.

Feb 15, 2018 06:15AM

58291 Sorry. I just cannot get into this one . . . especially when comparing it to Money Shot. Perhaps I shouldn't have read author bios: Faust seems like she may have lived the life; Abbott seems like a soccer-mom who decided to try writing noir instead of romance.
Feb 09, 2018 02:50PM

58291 Randy wrote: "Thanks for getting it. Most people have no idea who it is."

One of my favorite Burgess Meredith roles. That, and the Penguin.
Feb 08, 2018 08:34AM

58291 Christopher wrote: "Yeah, it's definitely interesting reading the two books side by side.

I just got to the hyperviolent "midpoint," and I was impressed."

I decided to take a break in between so that my aging brain cells don't get them mixed up.
Feb 07, 2018 03:07AM

58291 Tom wrote: "Incidentally I read Kiss Her Goodbye a few weeks ago and was let down by it, Money Shot I found a far more satisfying read. "

I read Kiss Her Goodbye in December, and liked it, but couldn't remember a thing about it until I reread my review. This book will definitely stick in my mind much longer.
Feb 07, 2018 02:53AM

58291 Geoff wrote: "Goddamnit - i really want to read this but I'm making such slow progress through The Power of the Dog (which is very good, but weighty) - I don't think I'm going to get to it - and everyone seems t..."

These threads stay open. You can join in whenever you finish the book.
Feb 06, 2018 05:50PM

58291 Jayne wrote: " There's a sophistication underscored with violence, if that makes sense. "

Sounds enticing . . .
Feb 06, 2018 03:59AM

58291 Christopher wrote: "It is definitely fast-paced. It makes Kiss Her Good-bye read like frickin' Marius the Epicurean"

If Somerset Maugham says that one is boring, it must really be boring.
Feb 04, 2018 01:55PM

58291 Randy wrote: "Almost halfway though already. Wow this book kicks ass!"

Glad to hear it! Just finished Money Shot this morning, so I need a sweet and innocent book before I get started on this one.
Feb 04, 2018 01:54PM

58291 I finished this morning - a furious and fast read that I quite enjoyed, but I'll wait for others to catch up before commenting.
Feb 01, 2018 06:28AM

58291 Well, I started this one this morning, and would like nothing better than to call in sick to work, and stay home reading it.

And, we might as well get this over with now:

Using the formula of your first pet's name and the street you grew up on, what is your porn star name?

Mine is Princess Channel, which sounds a bit too gynecological to me, but then again, this is porn we're talking about . . .
Feb 01, 2018 03:07AM

58291 Megan Abbott's Queenpin is more old school noir than our other February book. Here we have a a young lady taken under a legendary mob woman's wing. Apparently, violence, mayhem, and some pretty snazzy dialogue will follow. Here's Megan's website -

This book won the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Original Paperback.

I know February's a short month, but if you have time, check out our other read - Money Shot as well.
Feb 01, 2018 02:50AM

58291 We've got a couple of steamy reads to warm up a frigid February.

In Christa Faust's Money Shot, we meet ex-porn star Angel Dare. She's been wronged . . . in fact, she's been shot and left for dead. Now, she's looking for pay back . This is a quick and brutal read that explores the seamy world of sex slavery and the porn industry.

According to Faust's website, she has worked in Times Square peep booths, AND held my dream job (just kidding) as a professional dominatrix.

Read more here -

If this is not your style, check out our other read - Queenpin
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Jan 29, 2018 03:20AM

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Jan 28, 2018 04:56PM

58291 Sara wrote: ". . . somewhere in the last few chapters I swear there was mention, in one of Tom's paranoid spin-outs, that he was sure that "they" were going to catch him for all three murders."

I caught that too, but just assumed I missed something. Maybe someone should check on his dear auntie.
Jan 27, 2018 02:06PM

58291 Matt wrote: "Dorothy B Hughes was a really great female noir writer. I just read In A Lonely Place and was surprised by how woke it was-"

Great review, Matt. We read that one as a group back in March of 2013 - - if you have any comments you'd like to share.
Jan 25, 2018 02:11AM

58291 And, this interesting blog post from 2015 -
Jan 25, 2018 02:10AM

58291 ALLEN wrote: "It is, though if memory serves the U.S. version used a photo of her at a later age."

I found three different versions:



Jan 21, 2018 02:49PM

58291 Something that's been nagging at me since I finished the book is that scummy feeling I get after rooting for the villain. I've done it for TV shows where the victims are evil like Dexter, and in movies where the victims are so insipid I can't wait til they are dispatched, but I'm racking my brain for anytime I've ever done it in a book.

Frankenstein's monster . . . maybe?

Can anyone else think of literary villains for whom they've rooted?
Jan 18, 2018 05:58AM

58291 Ralph wrote: "I wonder if Highsmith does better in The Price of Salt. "

I've got a copy of that one, and hope to get around to it sooner rather than later.
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