Thrill Girl

Thrill Girl

by Jack Curran, Angela Polidoro

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ISBN-13: 9781732199712
Publisher: La Verita Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 390
Sales rank: 531,757
File size: 5 MB

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Thrill Girl 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
essvagon 8 months ago
Book Review: Vigilante Justice, gum-shoe journalist, and shady doctors oh my! Thrill Girl by Jack Curran It’s 1951 in the streets of LA. Newspaper Journalist Jack Curran coins the phrase, “Thrill Girl” for the mysterious blonde rescuing citizens from criminals. Jack Curran is a WWII hero trying to get answers to reveal who is behind dispatching street justice. In his quest to get the exclusive, his investigation leads him into increasingly dangerous quarters with equally dangerous contacts. Of course a Noir story set in 1950’s Los Angeles isn’t complete without a society heiress to complicate matters. When Jack Curran’s investigations end up on her doorstep his journalistic integrity comes into question. The deeper Jack goes down the rabbit hole, he is threatened by her family, by the police department, by his publisher and finally by the conspiracy behind the “Thrill Girl” murders. Thrill Girl has many unexpected turns among the clues Jack Curran follows. Not your typical murder mystery, Thrill Girl is pure Noir without the stereotypical P.I. It is fast paced and nuanced giving the reader the opportunity to shadow Curran as he follows the clues. It is unexpected with enough twists to keep the reader interested until all is revealed. A thoroughly captivating reading experience! FTC Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this title by NetGalley for review purposes only; no other compensation was awarded me
jdh2690 11 months ago
This was such a complex noir mystery that I was amazed at how the author kept this tale intact in her head, kept it going so that it made sense and kept me reading it. I was also amazed at her study of noir which was evident not just in character expressions (at times sounding like the old Dragnet TV show) but also in this author’s descriptive writing: Bullocks, Coconut Grove, cop slang, smoking, movie stars like Betty Davis, Dinah Shore, Tony Curtis and Gary Cooper, clothing like Alana wore, hats and gloves and porkpie hats, straw bowlers and chalk-striped suits, Packard autos and Olympia typewriters. The characters intertwined in such complex ways that the first couple of chapters had me slightly confused about who was who...but I liked the noir style so kept on reading...and it gradually all pulled together to make sense...but still kept me guessing until the end! I truly thought the wrong character was the Thrill Girl until I found out it who it was. This author does know how to keep a reader's interest and keep secrets until huge surprises toward the end. Talk about suspense! This is a great story for readers who like deep mysteries (like me)…that’s why the 5-star rating.
thejoekucharski More than 1 year ago
Thrill Girl has all the ingredients of a great genre read. Set in 1950’s LA, you got the war-hero-turned-beat-reporter, a leggy blonde, gruesome murders, ex-Nazis, and smoking. A lot of smoking. So much that the pages are saturated with tobacco. Stirred, definitely not shaken, within, author Jack Curran mixes an exciting tale of murder, vigilantism, the quest for truth, and, why not, even a monster. The plot is original, the characters are entertaining, but man, Curran doesn’t quite pour out the voice for the hard-boiled tale Thrill Girl has every right to be. Curran, working with a pseudonym, places himself in the story as a reporter looking into the vigilante known as Thrill Girl. He wants to get the As for all the Qs, or at least all the journalistic Ws surrounding this woman. Is she a hero? Or a threat? A typical femme fatale, or a beauty who’s a beast? Curran, the reporter, works through the story as Curran, the author, cleverly reveals pieces of the mystery at the right times. The wrong times are what drags the tale down. The dialogue can be plain jane dull as are frequent scene set ups. Curran might have the right recipe, but needs to work on the flavor. Missing is the quick rat-a-tat pulse of a Chandler or the immoral vulgarity of Elroy. Thrill Girl could be Glenfiddich instead of Old Grandad. What Curran might lack in style, he rips right ahead with plot, and in all honesty, makes the read entertainingly fun. The mystery is tight and remains good to the last drop. And Curran the reporter, is actually a good egg, one you don’t want to see crack on a desolate alleyway in old-time Hollywood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an interesting noir-styled thriller/mystery. I love the time period (the 50s)and the author does a fantastic job with character development and descriptions. This book took me by surprise. I didn't know how I would feel about it but it quickly pulled !e in and wouldn't let go. I really enjoyed reading it and totally recommend it! *I would like to thank the author/publisher/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pure Magic: THRILL GIRL, with all its picturesque setting, mystical plot line, and nostalgic dialogue will keep you locked into the pages of this story. This noir thriller set in LA in the 1950’d is fabulous. Get it, read it, love it, live it! #ThrillGirlGrabADrinkAndACigaretteAndKickBackForAWildRide #NetGalley
CharJones2525 More than 1 year ago
This girl was thrilled to have her wish granted for an early copy. And she wasn’t disappointed by its noir atmosphere, terse dialogue, and taut ironic plot that sucks you in and won’t let you go. 5 Stars! #AWell-craftedTaleThat,LikeThrillGirlHerself,IsFullOfIntrigue...kirkusReview #NetGalley