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).
Woman of Ill Fameby Erika Mailman
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
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
- Heyday Books
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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.....)
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.
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~