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It’s 1968, New York City is in a state of mayhem, and private eye Alex Novalis is flat broke. So he accepts a mundane missing persons gig from wealthy construction mogul Gabriel Kravitz, whose eighteen-year-old ...
It’s 1968, New York City is in a state of mayhem, and private eye Alex Novalis is flat broke. So he accepts a mundane missing persons gig from wealthy construction mogul Gabriel Kravitz, whose eighteen-year-old daughter, Lydia, has disappeared.
The only lead is that Lydia had been sleeping with Jerry Pedrosian, a radical artist and known womanizer. But there are few clues, and everyone in Lydia’s life seems to be hiding something…including her miniskirted best friend, Andrea Marshall, who Novalis is inconveniently attracted to. And as he traverses the city — from scummy artists’ lofts in pre-gentrified SoHo to luxury penthouses overlooking Central Park — he’ll face more danger than he signed on for.
A coolly sophisticated detective story and portrait of late 1960s New York City, Good Girl, Bad Girl offers a glimpse at the forbidden sex, politics, art, drugs, and counterculture violence that ran rampant in its once gloriously gritty streets.
Posted August 27, 2013
Good Girl, Bad Girl is a great story, one with a funny, extremely likable main character and a setting that never bores you. I found myself entranced by Alex Novalis’ journey through the poorest parts of New York City to mingling with the city’s wealthiest. I love that it takes us back to the late sixties and gives us that nostalgic feel. In many ways, Good Girl, Bad Girl can be labeled as a tragedy, a comedy, or a mystery. The best novels always mingle different genres in my opinion. I also love how I was held in suspense throughout the entire novel, not knowing what was going to happen next. The ending was like a sucker punch and took me completely by surprise, but it’s an ending that is completely believable, unfortunately. Good Girl, Bad Girl is definitely worth checking out.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to receive an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
Posted August 6, 2013
I never felt fully invested in this novel, kind of like the CEO of a blue chip, Fortune 500 Company.
I wanted to like GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL with its hard-boiled voice and soft-boiled attitude. Alex Novalis actually has a bit of heart, a brain, and a penchant for keeping his penis in his pants, even when he discovers a beautiful woman astride his bed wearing panties and little else. I've seen detectives attack the broad or the dame or the femme fatale with seriously less motivation, and by this point, there would have been much panting and gasping and at least one satisfied customer at the end of the ride. So I applaud Alex for his thoughtful intentions, even though there's plenty of women to go around, women who may be slightly misguided and filled with plenty of spunk and attitude.
Both Andrea and Lydia filled the pages: Andrea more through her effervescent presence and Lydia more through her effervescent attitude. Cue Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" theme music. As for the mystery, it proved to be a bit farfetched at times, and the ending, while it certainly sealed the lid on this can of worms, it left me questioning its believability factor, even if I wanted to believe. But nice, neat endings don't particularly work as well when there're a few loose threads still hanging around.
I received this book for free through NetGalley.
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