Hoochie Mama

Hoochie Mama

by Preston L. Allen

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ISBN-13: 9780595207862
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/14/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

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Hoochie Mama 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is simply magnificent. It reads both large and small. The grand scope is revealed of the city, Opa-Locka, where the murders take place and where the crime is solved. This stinking armpit of a city, this nostalgic jewel. Did you know that the man who ALMOST invented the airplane (before the Wright Brothers)is the founder of Opa-Locka? Did you know that there is an actual Sesame Street in Opa-Locka? This big story; this small story. It is about a girl, a tomboy, perhaps gay, but we're not certain, and neither is she, a girl who grows up to be beautiful, and smart, and hard-headed, the perfect virgin to be sacrificed to the gods of depravity, unnatural vice, and crime; but that would be the big story. We are talking about the small. About the tough boy/girl who doesn't like to be called a hoochie mama, but knows no other way to dress. Who dislikes being alone, but knows not how to make friends. Who solves the crime because she broke one of her own rules and fell in love, with a man this time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I should have written this review months ago when I first read this GREAT novel. The problem was that I looked Preston L. Allen up on Google and read his bio which for some reason convinced me that he was famous and maybe I just hadn't heard about him yet. I kept thinking I would buy another of his books when I was at a bookstore, but there was nothing except for a story I saw in an erotic anthology whose name I can't remember, something like Brown Sugar, I think? Then I looked at the book again and saw Iuniverse, and I was like, no way! This guy is so good!!! You mean to tell me that a big name publisher passed this book up. Boy, are they stupid. Lovers of good fiction, detective fiction, erotic fiction, puzzlers, serious feminist themes from a man's point of view, thrillers, literary thought provoking fiction, good writing, all of you, please buy this book! No kidding. This is a wild, twisted read. What a gem. I would like to see more books with complex heroines like M Gantry. Where the heck did he get a character like that? The hoochie mama thing. The murder thing. The confused bi-sexual thing. The tough cop thing. The great writing!!! This guy Preston L. Allen is so good. It is a sin that an original voice like his is not available in more stores. Buy this book if nothing more than for the sheer pleasure of flipping through the pages of true undiscovered genius. And he's a Gator, too. Go Gators!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to read a good mystery that does not conform to the norm then read this book. You will be wanting more when it's finished. This book is tight. And so original.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is really a great book. You start reading it and you have no idea what it's about, but the writing keeps pulling you along. The characters are so well developed that you want to know more about them, even though some of them are murderers. This is Allen's strength as a writer, he creates interesting, sympathetic characters starting with the tough female hero M Gantry, who has serious social, sexual, and racial issues, right down to the half-idiot psychopath Donovan Doe (Doo-Doo), who makes a beautiful wood carving of your image before he kills you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. This book is off da chain. I highly recommend it. The hero, M Gantry, is so complicated and so interesting, you just have to keep reading about her. And there is no way you are going to figure out the ending. The book had some minor problems, but I'm just being picky, like why can't M find real love? There are some good men out there on the police force and in corrections. And I wanted to understand more about her sister, why she hates M so much. But aside from that, this book is excellent. You have a fan for life. Wow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am glad I persuaded (hounded) the author at the Miami International Bookfair to let me read a freebee copy of the book. I had read his story in Brown Sugar and I wanted to read something else by him. He is a very, very good erotic writer so that's what I was thinking. I had wanted to buy another love story kind of book he had read also that day, but it was not in print yet. That book is called Better Than Golden and I can't wait for it to come out. I didn't think I would like this one very much from what he had read because I thought this one was too scary and full of psychos and killers like Silence of the Lambs. Let me say that Allen did not let me down. His writing is excellent. Allen lets you get into the heads of the characters, good and bad, with no holding back. It is a very good mystery that kept me interested from beginning to end, but the characters were always more important than the mystery. And the characters, I can't wait for you to meet David, Mary Elizabeth, and M Gantry. I don't want to ruin the book for you, but I can't wait for you to meet the scary Light Sleeper. I'll give you a hint. M Gantry is not really a hoochie mama, but the Light Sleeper really is a light sleeper. He sleeps really, really light. I can't tell you anymore than that.