By Dorothy B. Hughes
A vintage global warfare II-era noir with a page-turning plot, a solid of colorfully sinister characters and a protagonist who's thrust into the center of political intrigue, this desirable 1943 novel parallels the undercover agent novels of Grahame Greene, Eric Ambler, and the movies of Hitchcock and Lang. yet in -signature Hughes model, The Blackbirder has a genre-bending twist: its hardboiled protagonist is a woman.
Born of yankee expatriate mom and dad, Julie Guilles used to be a gorgeous, sheltered wealthy woman becoming up in Paris, a favourite of the “Ritz Bar” set. yet every thing replaced whilst the Nazis rolled into town of lighting fixtures. After 3 years of lifestyles underground, Julie is hiding out in long island; yet she is aware difficulty is coming whilst the corpse of an acquaintance seems on her doorstep. With a bunch of attainable hazards on her tail—the Gestapo, the FBI and the hot York cops—she embarks on a determined trip to Santa Fe looking for her final, top desire. “The Blackbirder”is a legend between refugees, a trafficker in human souls who flies below the radar to carry humans to protection around the Mexican border—for a price.
With no assets at her disposal yet a smuggled diamond necklace and her personal razor-sharp wits, Julie needs to navigate a tangle of dangers—and take a stand within the all over the world fight that has shattered the lives of hundreds of thousands. unlike the common representations of wartime girls as “Mrs. Minivers” guarding domestic and fireside, Dorothy B. Hughes provides her intrepid heroine a spot on the middle of the action
Dorothy B. Hughes (1904–1993) is the writer of diverse hardboiled secret novels. 3 of her books turned winning motion pictures: The Fallen Sparrow (1943), Ride the purple Horse (1947), and In a Lonely Place (1950), reprinted by means of the Feminist Press in 2003. In 1978 she used to be named a Grand grasp by means of the secret Writers of America.
Femmes Fatales restores to print the simplest of women’s writing within the vintage pulp genres of the mid-20th century. From secret to hard-boiled noir to taboo lesbian romance, those rediscovered queens of pulp provide subversive views on a turbulent period. benefit from the sequence: Bedelia; The Blackbirder; Bunny Lake Is lacking; via Cecile; The G-String Murders; the women in 3-B; In a Lonely position; Laura; mom unearths a physique; Now, Voyager; Skyscraper; Stranger on Lesbos; Women's Barracks.