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Her name is Sherise Parlay. She's just dried out after a three-month bender, and she's decided that it's going to be her last. At thirty-six (looking thirty), she figures she's still got time to cash in on the promise of the good clean life that Miami can offer, still got time to get herself "out of the dark bars and into the daylight". The problem for Sherri is that daylight turns out to be only another guidelight on her downward spiral.

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Overview

Her name is Sherise Parlay. She's just dried out after a three-month bender, and she's decided that it's going to be her last. At thirty-six (looking thirty), she figures she's still got time to cash in on the promise of the good clean life that Miami can offer, still got time to get herself "out of the dark bars and into the daylight". The problem for Sherri is that daylight turns out to be only another guidelight on her downward spiral.

A dark, unrelenting debut novel that propels fiction noir into the '90s. At thirty-six-looking-thirty, Sherry Parley determines to "get into the daylight, " after drying out from a three-month bender. But it's not daylight she finds when she hooks up with Payne, who's quickly learning how to tap Sherry's most violent and cold-blooded impulses.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hendricks's debut novel is a noir-ish tale of an aging former stripper whose attempt to go clean leads her into a murderously perverse affair. (June)
Dennis Lehane
"The authentic heir to James M. Cain, Vicki Hendricks is the high priestess of neo-noir. A fierce and fearless talent."
George Pelecanos
"Shocking and supercharged, both reverent and original, this is the novel that amped up a new generation of noir writers."
James Ellroy
"Miami Purity cooks white hot . . . . This book is an instant redneck idiot savant classic: so gruesome and funny and deadpan outlandish that you wind up baying at the moon like a Florida coondog."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679768005
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Vicki Hendricks is the author of noir novels Miami Purity, Iguana Love, Voluntary Madness, Sky Blues, and Cruel Poetry. Ken Bruen is the two-time Shamus Award-winning author of the Jack Taylor crime novels, the Brant series, and London Boulevard, soon to be a major motion picture, written and directed by Oscar winner William Monahan (The Departed). He lives in Galway, Ireland. Megan Abbott is the Edgar Award-winning author of Die a Little, The Song Is You, and Queenpin. She also edited Busted Flush Press' female noir anthology, A Hell of a Woman. Her Damn Near Dead (Busted Flush Press) short story, "Policy," was the basis for her Edgar-winning novel, Queenpin. She has a Ph.D. in English and American literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2001

    Sleazy but compelling

    I got this book as a library discard and I read it twice, so it engaged me. Vicki Hendricks writes sex scenes like a horny young man, and although some of them were flirting with the inability to suspend my disbelief, I stuck with Ms. Parlay's sex drive. She must have been a contortionist in a previous lifetime: I am not going to tell you the positions she works her way into! Hendricks is not nearly as linguistically quirky as Elmore Leonard, but the blend of topless dancer, southern FLorida, dry cleaner and murder is a match for me. This writer has a bizarre voice in the murder, noir genre. Great title--and the setting in the cleaning store is clever. I liked it. Think it would make a good movie; anyone want to do it with me?

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  • Posted May 29, 2013

    Read this.  It's a hoot!

    Read this.  It's a hoot!

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  • Posted April 14, 2010

    Where was the noir?

    Bought this book on a lark due to the publisher's write up, hyping sex, crime and overall noirish story. Instead, I found a very light, elementarily written book heavy on female version of porn. Not much to recommend it - not a thriller, not a tittilater.

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