Title: The Blackbirder
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Book Condition: Good
0786222174 Ex-library book with usual markings. Good Condition. Has underlining. Five star seller - Ships Quickly - Buy with confidence!. Bookseller Inventory # Z0786222174Z3
A classic World War II-era noir with a page-turning plot, a cast of colorfully sinister characters and a protagonist who is thrust into the heart of political intrigue, this captivating 1943 novel parallels the spy novels of Grahame Greene, Eric Ambler, and the films of Hitchcock and Lang. But in -signature Hughes fashion, The Blackbirder has a genre-bending twist: its hardboiled protagonist is a woman.
Born of American expatriate parents, Julie Guilles was a pretty, sheltered rich girl growing up in Paris, a favorite of the ?Ritz Bar? set. But everything changed when the Nazis rolled into the City of Lights. After three years of life underground, Julie is hiding out in New York; but she knows trouble is coming when the corpse of an acquaintance appears on her doorstep. With a host of possible dangers on her tail?the Gestapo, the FBI and the New York cops?she embarks on a desperate journey to Santa Fe in search of her last, best hope. ?The Blackbirder?is a legend among refugees, a trafficker in human souls who flies under the radar to bring people to safety across the Mexican border?for a price.
With no resources at her disposal but a smuggled diamond necklace and her own razor-sharp wits, Julie must navigate a tangle of dangers?and take a stand in the worldwide struggle that has shattered the lives of millions. In contrast to the typical representations of wartime women as ?Mrs. Minivers? guarding home and hearth, Dorothy B. Hughes gives her intrepid heroine a place at the heart of the action
Dorothy B. Hughes (1904?1993) is the author of numerous hardboiled mystery novels. Three of her books became successful films: The Fallen Sparrow (1943), Ride the Pink Horse (1947), and In a Lonely Place (1950), reprinted by the Feminist Press in 2003. In 1978 she was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.
Espionage, adventure and a hard-boiled heroine not to be trifled with -- this classic noir will have you gripped from start to finish.
Julie Guilles is in trouble. She's fled her home in Occupied France for a seedy neighbourhood in New York and has been laying low -- but not low enough. Because now she has the Gestapo, the FBI and her shady Uncle, the Duc de Guille, all on her tail, and her options are running out. Whispers of the Blackbirder reach her -- a sinister figure who, for the right price, can promise safe passage across the border to New Mexico. Finding the Blackbirder is her only chance of escape -- but what if the Blackbirder doesn't want to be found?
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