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Overview

June, 1951...It’s a tense summer in the City of Angels. A killer is on the loose. She’s blonde, she’s beautiful, and she murders bad guys. On three different occasions, she thwarted a mugging in progress, saving the innocent, dispatching the guilty, and fading away like a whisper in the rain. She never waits around for thanks. Apparently she doesn’t want any.

Who is this woman?

Jack Curran, star reporter, is determined to find out. He’s a good citizen. A war hero. A journalist who wants to write fiction, which he plans to once he files an exclusive on Thrill Girl’s identity. When Thrill Girl strikes a fourth time, adding two more to her body count while saving a pretty shop girl, his investigation leads him to socialite Alana Maxwell. She’s blonde. She’s beautiful.

Does she murder bad guys?

Despite his publisher’s warning to beware her very connected and powerful step-brother, Jack goes to ask her, face to face. But Alana Maxwell doesn’t care that a newspaperman is tracking her like a hound with a snout full of fox. She has only one thing on her mind, saving her younger brother’s life. It’s something she’ll do anything to accomplish. Anything. Including taking illicit drugs, living with blackouts and hallucinations, and putting herself in the hands of a mysterious doctor she has no good reason to trust.

Before Jack can nail down Alana's connection to Thrill Girl, LA is rocked by an even more lurid crime. A bum is ripped to pieces near the Griffith Park Zoo. The coroner says the bite marks have traces of human and animal saliva. The cops go crazy. Jack’s newspaper proclaims a monster’s in town. The good citizens of LA lock their doors and windows and clamor for answers.

Jack is determined to provide them. He hears a rumor about something called a der Katzenjunge. Translation? A European myth about men with the mutant ability to temporarily transmogrify into a savage, feline-like creature. What the hell would a crackpot story like that have to do with Thrill Girl, he wonders?

Quite a lot, actually.

Thrill Girl’s noir plot examines the vibe of the decade of the 1950s – a time historians refer to as the “Age of Anxiety.” This post-Atomic era predates the upheaval of the 1960s, but the seeds of the turmoil to come started in the years after WWII. Sexual and racial roles, upended by war, rapidly evolved in ways many found difficult to fathom. For the first time, there was a widespread need for, and availability of, mood-altering prescription drugs. Scientific advances accumulated at a rate most could not fathom, and the military-industrial complex was beginning to assume a powerful influence over the government.

As Jack says, “It’s as if there’s an earthquake shaking all the time. Life isn’t in any way the same as it was before the war.”

When he uncovers a plot involving the evilest type of medical research and experimentation, Jack finally understands the dark heart of the Maxwell family’s secrets. The ramifications of these secrets drive the crimes he is investigating, and much, much more. On a frenetic night racked by murder, revenge-fueled confrontation, and the betrayal of those he trusted most, a shocking twist of plot leaves Jack with only two questions.

What will he, and what can he do to get the true story of Thrill Girl out into the open?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732199729
Publisher: La Verita Publishing
Publication date: 04/11/2018
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 972,141
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

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Thrill Girl 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
JennGrand 7 months ago
This book is CARAZY! There is so much in it, so many fun twists and turns, and you will not be able to put it down! It's written in noir, with a perfect depiction of 1950's Los Angeles.  Jack Curran is a star reporter, and determined to find out all he can about the female vigilante, nicknamed, "Thrill Girl." By diving into her story and true identity, Jack also finds himself in the deepest layers of the LA underground.  This book will keep your interest, steal your sleep and make you want more books from Jack Curran!
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
It's the fifties and citizens are being attacked on the streets of LA. Help in the form of a blonde woman has saved at least four people. Who is this girl ? Jack Curran, known as a hero of WW2 and a journalist has nicknamed her The Thrill Girl. He has been tracking her, trying to find out who she is. He thinks that a heiress has ties to all the people that were attacked. He finds that there is a conspiracy and his life may be in danger. What will he find? It may too much to believe, much more than he can print. Will he lose everything? It's a thriller from beginning to end. I like that it is set in the fifties. The author portrays the characters exactly right. I love this book and hope to read more by this author. I received this book from Net Galley and La Verita Publishing for a honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
essvagon More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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