By Dorothy B. Hughes
A vintage global struggle 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 style, The Blackbirder has a genre-bending twist: its hardboiled protagonist is a woman.
Born of yankee expatriate mom and dad, Julie Guilles was once a gorgeous, sheltered wealthy woman transforming into up in Paris, a favourite of the “Ritz Bar” set. yet every thing replaced while the Nazis rolled into town of lighting. After 3 years of existence underground, Julie is hiding out in ny; yet she is familiar with difficulty is coming while the corpse of an acquaintance seems to be on her doorstep. With a number of attainable risks on her tail—the Gestapo, the FBI and the recent York cops—she embarks on a determined trip to Santa Fe looking for her final, top wish. “The Blackbirder”is a legend between refugees, a trafficker in human souls who flies below the radar to deliver humans to defense 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 fireplace, Dorothy B. Hughes offers her intrepid heroine a spot on the center of the action
Dorothy B. Hughes (1904–1993) is the writer of diverse hardboiled secret novels. 3 of her books turned winning movies: The Fallen Sparrow (1943), Ride the crimson 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 through 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 reveals a physique; Now, Voyager; Skyscraper; Stranger on Lesbos; Women's Barracks.