Sherri Parlay gives up her life of depravity, and with best intentions, finds a respectable job as a dry cleaner in hopes for a decent future. But nature and nurture plot against her when she meets the beautiful, tortured, and rich young Payne, who tempts her with the love and life she never thought possible. Even Brenda, Payne's domineering mother, can't keep the lovers apart when Sherri's animal passions take control. Unfortunately, Payne is not only a different kind of man from those in Sherri's past, he's worse than any on her list of sordid affairs. Twisted psychology and a pure heart lead her into the dark realm of disillusionment and crime, where she reaches into her deepest reserves for the strength to survive.
This contemporary noir novel is reminiscent of James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice with a heavy dose of sexual realism that Cain might have enjoyed if his times would have allowed.
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About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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?
Read this. It's a hoot!
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.