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The Call House: A Washington Novel by [Stiles, C.P.]
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About the Author

C.P. Stiles lives and writes in Washington, DC

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 466 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0997148942
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bacon Press Books (15 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06ZZM1LFX
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars D.C. and Prostitutes - What could go wrong? 10 Jun. 2017
By Barbara F. Perry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This was really a fun read. I have lived and worked in dc and have really felt the presence of the city as an additional character in the book. All the "usual" DC types were included probably because it was based on a true story. The J Edgar Hoover figure was especially well drawn, but I loved the women in the House the most. It was fun to experience the unravelling and re-knitting of all the various threads of the story and the great irony and wit of the moral dilemma faced by the characters was a fun twist. It's a great summer read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting read 10 Jun. 2017
By Kate Blackwell - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this novel. Superbly told,THE CALL HOUSE is the story of a small group of "escort" women trying to survive in the high-stakes world of Washington D.C. in the early 1940s, a swamp of competing ambitions and moral hypocrisies inflated by a looming war. A fine plot, excellent writing, and sympathetic characters are all here, along with a quality I rarely find in fiction these days: the novel's spare style, distinctive for its wry humor and lack of gratuitous detail, leaves the reader free to draw her own conclusions about what happens and how she feels about it. I appreciated that freedom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick fun read 29 May 2017
By Foodluver - Published on Amazon.com
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This historical novel was entertaining and engaging. I loved the various storylines. And colorful characters. It's great ready reading about DC in the early 40s. This book does a great job capturing the time period.
4.0 out of 5 stars NOW IT'S FULL BLOWN 14 Jun. 2017
By gayle pace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
MY THOUGHTS:

Washington, what's the first thing you think? Politics and scandals. Would it ever occur to you that a war of vice would take place? Well it actually did, but not quite the way it's told here.

The setting is a very nice apartment building in a rather upscale neighborhood, on Connecticut Avenue, there is on the top floor a very discreet operation, a high dollar call house, in the 1940's. Things were going quite well, that is, until the DC Police and the FBI are trying to be the first to win a war on vice.

The author wrote a book that read at a nice clip and has humor to back it up. The author did a rather unusual thing, having the setting and the main character being the one and the same. The author writes with very good detail from the main character, Washington to the other characters and their surroundings.

Washington is rather famous then and now, of making people different, different from what they were when they arrived. The author gives a good clean and yet humorous look into Washington and world that it is. The characters are so real and you find them fascinating. A very innocent small town girl from Tennessee, who wants a taste of that adventure, going into a big city full of very important people. Then we have a congressman who has just been elected, whose main goal is to represent the people and his country. Our third character is very unlikely, a cop and you wonder what he's doing there. We get a taste of Washington then, when the scandals were very small compared to today. Is this where it all started? You'll wonder a little bit why you're smiling as you're reading. Scandals, they don't go away, they just grow and grow. And what a place to start, Washington. A peak into how it may have all started. Now it's full blown.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author and PUYB and voluntarily decided to review it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Beach Read 10 Jun. 2017
By frederick rosenberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I fell in love with small town Washington DC of the early 1940's. The story I know is based upon true facts in a time far simpler and humane than DC today. The Characters portrayed are vibrant avatars of the WWII values we admire and often seek to recapture. And I laughed out loud at the innocent complications of local and federal officials dealing with the oldest profession. The Call House is a short book and an easy read with a lot packed into its pages. I'd really like to see the author create an anthology of stories based upon her rich characters, snappy dialog, and DC atmospherics. After feasting on the smarmy "House of Cards" in recent months, The Call House offers the sweet mint that cleanses the palate. I hope there is more to come.
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