×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Woman of Ill Fame
     

Woman of Ill Fame

5.0 3
by Erika Mailman
 

See All Formats & Editions

Fiction. Looking for a better life, Nora Simms sails from the East Coast to gold rush San Francisco with a plan for success: to strike it rich by trading on her good looks. But when a string of murders claims several of her fellow "women of ill fame," Nora grows uneasy with how closely linked all of the victims are to her. Even her rise to the top of her

Overview

Fiction. Looking for a better life, Nora Simms sails from the East Coast to gold rush San Francisco with a plan for success: to strike it rich by trading on her good looks. But when a string of murders claims several of her fellow "women of ill fame," Nora grows uneasy with how closely linked all of the victims are to her. Even her rise to the top of her profession and a move to the fashionable part of town don't shelter her from the danger, and she must distinguish friend from foe in a race to discover the identity of the killer. "WOMAN OF ILL FAME deftly sidesteps all the hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold clichés you think you see coming as it follows its heroine through the muddy two-fisted brawl that was gold rush San Francisco. The book starts with a bang, and for me it never lets up; I enjoyed the hell out of it"—Tamim Ansary

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597140515
Publisher:
Heyday Books
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Erika Mailman, who traces her roots to a Massachusetts relative who twice stood trial for witchcraft, grew up in Vermont and now lives in Oakland, California. Erika is a graduate of Colby College and the University of Arizona, Tucson. She writes a local history column for the Montclarion newspaper and is the author of two novels A Woman of Ill Fame (Heyday Books) and The Witch's Trinity (Random House).

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Woman of Ill Fame 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This book had it all: history, mystery, sex and a herione you'll adore. I lost sleep reading this. I rarely post reviews but wanted to encourage others to read this. (The heroine is a prostitute so there are sex scenes.....)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this novel and I really loved it! The author did an amazing job -- combining history, sex, feminist consciousness, and a mystery to boot! Brava! Brava! Her salty, sassy language reflects the Barbary Coast of San Francisco from a gutsy woman's point of view.Is there a dictionary of such words that is particular to the era? It was funny/exactly right/ perfectly descriptive. Anyway, I loved the book -- already lent it to a friend (who also loved it), and have another bawdy friend I want to buy it for.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I didn't actually start the story yet. That was to get feedback on my writing style. The first REAL part of Road Rage will come out in a few days. I would love to start hearing character suggestions too! Thanks! ~Noah~