"I didn't start
out to be a private eye. I thought I was gonna be a secretaryget 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
warincluding 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 moxiewhich 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
Villagewhere no one cares how you lookventures 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 seeingfrom 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.
Starred Review. An original idea - a female PI working on her own in 1943 - and an unusually imaginative portrait of a New York City coping, surviving, even thriving during WWII lift the first of a new suspense series from Scoppettone.
Booklist - Frank Sennet
Although many readers will finger the culprit before Faye does, Scoppettone delivers a satisfying plot about love gone wrong and a large cast of engaging characters. And it's hard to dislike a book that ends with a playful "Hubba--hubba!
All the synonyms for quick-snappy, brisk, witty, smart-apply to Sandra Scoppettone's new character Faye Quick. This dame's as likable a New Yorker as you're apt to find outside da Bronx.
S. J. ROZAN
What a voice This Dame has! It's 1943, and the world-weary gumshoe has gone off to war, turning the detective agency over to his gum-snapping, wisecracking secretary. Think Joan Blondell, PI, and you've got the picture. New York is here in all its noir glory, from fancy uptown digs to bohemian Greenwich Village. I hope to see a lot more of Faye Quick - she's irresistible!
Scoppettone is the author of at
least 20 novels, including 5 for
young adults, the remainder
being crime novels for adults.
She lives on the North Fork of
Long Island. Too Darn Hot, a
follow up to This Dame For Hire,
was published in hardcover last
keeps an active blog at
It's ironic that the reviewer
for Booklist should comment that
"many readers will finger the
culprit before Faye does"
because Scoppettone herself
doesn't know who "the perp" will
be when she starts each book.
As she explains in her lengthy
interview at BookBrowse "I
always have the victim and the
location [but] I never know who
did it. Sometimes along the way
I decide who it is, and...
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