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This Dame for Hire: A Novel by [Scoppettone, Sandra]
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Advance praise for This Dame for Hire
"Like Rosie the Riveter, Faye Quick is another blue-collar woman doing a man's job during World War II, except that Miss Quick is a New York dick-Sam Spade in lipstick and stockings. Sandra Scoppettone's new mystery is a time-warped stroll back through a noir pulp novel, and it's a true tour de force."
-MARGARET MARON
"I love This Dame for Hire. Private investigator Faye Quick is a wonderful original, a unique new voice in crime fiction. And Sandra Scoppettone has captured the lingo and the essence of New York City during World War II."
-ANNETTE MEYERS
"All the synonyms for quick-snappy, brisk, witty, smart-apply to Sandra Scoppettone's new character Faye Quick. This dame's as likable a New Yorker as you're apt to find outside da Bronx."
-LAURIE KING

"Sandra Scoppettone's fresh and funny This Dame for Hire launches an endearing sleuth who wisecracks, totes a gat when needed, and tells it like she sees it in a superbly rendered World War II Manhattan. Ya gotta love smart-mouthed Faye Quick, and I predict readers will adore her."
-CAROLYN HART
"Spending time with This Dame for Hire""is like time traveling to the 1940s-and hearing a great and entertaining mystery on the family radio. Sandra Scoppettone doesn't merely write about New York during World War II, she takes us there-and every minute of the trip is believable and enjoyable. Faye Quick is a terrific, sassy new voice. Let's hope for more of her-quickly!"
-GILLIAN ROBERTS
"This first novel in a major new series set in New York City during World War II features a female gumshoe who's a little bit Myrna Loy and a little bit Philip Marlowe's younger sister-but very much her own woman. Funny, tender, historically fascinating, This Dame for Hire has something for mystery readers of every kind."
-ED GORMAN

"What a voice This Dame has! It's 1943, and the world-weary gumshoe has gone off to war, turning the d

About the Author

SANDRA SCOPPETTONE has written numerous other novels, including three under the pseudonym Jack Early. Most recently she created the five-book series of mystery novels featuring New York private eye Lauren Laurano. Scoppettone lives on Long Island in New York. Visit her website at www.sandrascoppettone.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 867 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 034547810X
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (28 Jun. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCK792
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #991,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Faye Quick is a New York City Private Dick in World War 2 where she has inherited her boss's Detective Agency while he's away at war. 'This Dame For Hire' is the first in the series by Sandra Scoppettone and has been followed by Too Darn Hot. I'd recommend getting both as 'This Dame For Hire' gives the background to war-time New York and the central characters and while the plot is fine it is inevitably slowed by the need for explanation, the second book is faster-paced but needs the reader to know the protagonists' cirumstances - so get both it will be worth it
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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars 29 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "Quick" & Exciting Read!! 15 Mar. 2013
By Eve Elle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
LOVE LOVE LOVE This Book!! I Read Too Darn Hot Before I Read This & I Absolutely Love The Writing Style & Snappy Descriptions The Author Offers! I Highly Recommend It! I Want More Faye Quick Books!!
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun slice of 1940s noir 1 Aug. 2008
By Bundt Lust - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In This Dame for Hire, Faye Quick becomes an ersatz private eye when all able-bodied men have been drafted by Uncle Sam. 1943 New York can be a rough place: Claudette West, a student at NYU, is brutally murdered on a cold, snowy night, and Faye is the one who literally stumbles across her body.

Filling in for her boss Woody Mason, Faye and her trusty secretary Birdie are hot on the trail of Claudette's killer, but the case quickly becomes more than the open-and-shut case expected. Claudette was having affairs with a number of men, including a lecherous literature professor, a sinister, controlling actor with a disreputable side profession, and other, more shadowy suspects. Claudette's upper-crust family insists that Claudette's most recent boyfriend, Richard Cotten, killed her in order to grab a share of her family's money, but the evidence (and Faye's gut instinct) leads her elsewhere across the city.

Faye's WWII New York is filled with popular WWII standards, automats, and vintage slang that really give life to the setting. The supporting cast includes a group of gamblers, Faye's spunky Yiddish-spouting neighbor Dolores, with her crazy outfits and changing wigs, and Anne the psychic. She also strikes up a relationship with the handsome detective Johnny Lake, and the two share information on the case.

There are several delicious twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end. The numerous red herrings add to the sense of mystery as Faye tracks down every possible lead, only to find that most of her tips fizzle out, and that the father of the murdered girl is trying to sabotage her investigation by trailing her and reinterrogating her suspects.

A delightful read that felt right at home with a strong cup o' joe and some Frankie tunes on the radio, This Dame for Hire will delight fans of film noir and WWII pop culture.
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be a rube; drop some dough on this tale of a female gumshoe and her first stiff for a great read. 27 Sept. 2014
By Adan Ramie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1943 New York, almost all the young, able-bodied men have gone overseas to fight the good fight. This leaves jobs open for women, showcasing their ability to survive, thrive, and blossom under pressure. Faye Quick, a 26-year-old steno-turned-detective, gets her first murder case, and it's a doozy. The skirt whose murder she was hired to solve has woven a tangled web of boyfriends, secrets, and lies.

<i>This Dame for Hire</i> is a great read that leaves you turning pages to find out whodunit and what Faye is going to come up with next. Few take her seriously, but she uses it to her advantage, and it's a great tale of a woman's strength, trials and successes in a man's world.

If you like detective stories that are a little on the fun side, and not all grit and body count, you'll love this first book about Faye Quick. The hard-boiled slang is consistent throughout the book, so if you like reading about bang-tails, fins, and a shamus with a gat that'll get you put in bracelets, you'll love Faye Quick and <i>This Dame for Hire</i>.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent historical mystery 29 Jun. 2005
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
She started out working as a secretary for Woody Mason of A Detective Agency in 1940 but when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, he enlisted. Wanting to have the business when he came home, he made his secretary Faye Quick a private detective and she is now working her own cases with her own secretary to do the clerical work. Since January of 1942 she has been doing well for herself and not even tripping over the murdered body of a woman in the snow dousing her enthusiasm for life.

A few months after finding Claudette West, her parents arrive in her office wanting to hire Faye to find their daughter's killer because they believe the police aren't giving the case enough attention. Feeling an obligation to the woman, she accepts the case and quickly learns that Claudette had a lot of men interested in her and was pregnant. Faye pounds the pavement asking anyone who was close to Claudette what they knew of the men (most of them suspects) and the pregnancy. She thinks that there is a link between her lover and her murder. Applying solid investigative methods she is bound to find out who the killer is.

New York City in 1943 is dark & gritty just like the case the protagonist is working on is. Sandra Scoppettone captures the ambience of the era through the use of historical facts and the era's vernacular. Renowned for her grand-breaking Lauren Laurano Novels, Ms. Scoppettone has created another fabulous series that is sure to win her an award nomination for its originality and brilliant characterizations.

Harriet Klausner
4.0 out of 5 stars 1943 New York 15 July 2009
By Lyn Reese - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The head of a detective agency has gone to war leaving his secretary, Faye Quick, in charge. Faye is an uncertain but fast learner, managing to keep afloat with the small cases that come her way. Her big chance to prove her merit arrives when she stumbles over the body of a dead girl and the family hires her to uncover the killer. Drawing upon her interesting network of friends and allies, and a new love interest in the form of handsome NYC detective John Lake, Faye powers her way through obstacles and diversions to finally solve the case.

American battles in the Pacific and Europe in 1943 are referred to, but the main thrust of the book is homefront life in New York City. You'll read of leg makeup taking the place of silk stocking, of food rationing, of "gals" taking "guys" jobs and volunteering to dance with soldiers at the USO, of gold stars in windows of families who have a soldier killed at war, and then the seemingly unbelievable reports about Jews in Europe being taken and gassed. The authors use of the city's 1940s slangy expressions is right on, as are her descriptions of night time hot spots and neighborhoods, particularly Faye's special turf, bohemian Greenwich Village.
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