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In the sequel to Sandra Scoppettone's This Dame for Hire -- a hard-boiled mystery saga set in 1943 New York City that introduced secretary-turned-private eye Faye Quick -- the intrepid female gumshoe is faced with a case involving a beautiful woman and her AWOL army private boyfriend.
With her boss overseas in the armed forces, secretary Quick has temporarily taken over the reins of the detective agency and has succeeded in solving some big cases. But when a tearful bombshell named Claire Turner -- "a long drink of water" -- enlists Quick's help in tracking down her wayward boyfriend, Charlie, the female P.I. has no idea what she's in for. The missing-person case quickly turns into a murder investigation when a body is found in Charlie's hotel room. Then Turner receives a call from Charlie's alleged kidnappers, who demand $100,000 in cash. Quick's intuition tells her something isn't quite right, and her persistent probing begins to uncover the unlikeliest of conspiracies…
This sequence of novels by Scoppettone is noteworthy for its setting: a painstakingly researched and vividly described New York City at the height of WWII. From war bonds to victory gardens to the rationing of food and gas and the shortage of cigarettes and nylons, Scoppettone's re-creation of wartime America is spot on. Additionally, the character of Faye Quick -- a strong, smart, and savvy female thriving not only in a male-dominated profession but also in a male-dominated society -- makes the series a must-read fans of historical mysteries. (Pack of unfiltered Camel cigarettes and bottle of Royal Crown Cola not included.) Paul Goat Allen