By Dorothy B. Hughes
A vintage global conflict II-era noir with a page-turning plot, a solid of colorfully sinister characters and a protagonist who's thrust into the center of political intrigue, this attractive 1943 novel parallels the undercover agent novels of Grahame Greene, Eric Ambler, and the movies of Hitchcock and Lang. yet in -signature Hughes type, The Blackbirder has a genre-bending twist: its hardboiled protagonist is a woman.
Born of yankee expatriate mom and dad, Julie Guilles was once an attractive, sheltered wealthy woman becoming up in Paris, a favourite of the “Ritz Bar” set. yet every little thing replaced whilst the Nazis rolled into town of lighting. After 3 years of existence underground, Julie is hiding out in big apple; yet she understands difficulty is coming while the corpse of an acquaintance looks on her doorstep. With a bunch of attainable risks on her tail—the Gestapo, the FBI and the hot York cops—she embarks on a determined trip to Santa Fe looking for her final, top wish. “The Blackbirder”is a legend between refugees, a trafficker in human souls who flies below the radar to carry humans to protection around the Mexican border—for a price.
With no assets at her disposal yet a smuggled diamond necklace and her personal razor-sharp wits, Julie needs to navigate a tangle of dangers—and take a stand within the around the world fight that has shattered the lives of hundreds of thousands. unlike the common representations of wartime ladies as “Mrs. Minivers” guarding domestic and fireside, Dorothy B. Hughes supplies her intrepid heroine a spot on the center of the action
Dorothy B. Hughes (1904–1993) is the writer of diverse hardboiled secret novels. 3 of her books grew to become winning movies: The Fallen Sparrow (1943), Ride the crimson Horse (1947), and In a Lonely Place (1950), reprinted by way of the Feminist Press in 2003. In 1978 she used to be named a Grand grasp by way of the secret Writers of America.
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