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  1. says:

    A uite brilliant update of The 39 Steps style of espionage thrillers to a WWII setting with a strong female lead and an overwhelming sense of fear paranoia and dreadRead whilst hiding from the English rain waiting to return to AustraliaI think this might be one of those forgotten classics Three uarters of this

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    I’ve written before of my fondness for the novels of Dorothy B Hughes – most notably her noir classic In a Lonely Place published in 1947 and her ‘wrong place wrong time’ thriller The Expendable Man 1963 I

  3. says:

    It's the middle of WWII Julie Guille aka Juliet Marlebone has been on the run for three years since fleeing occupied Paris and her vile pro Nazi uncle; she's managed to reach New York by way of Portugal and Cuba After a concert at Carnegie Hall she runs into an old if slight acuaintance from Paris Maxi; they have a meal and he drops her off home The next she knows he's been murdered shot dead in the street outside her apartment block She

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    Mid century noirJulie Guille is in trouble and must flee New YorkOn the run from the Gestapo the FBI and her UncleHer options are running outThe Blackbirder for the right price can promise a safe passage to New Mexico but who is the Blackbirder?An engrossing read

  5. says:

    Very well written Interesting setting and plot The message that no matter how tough a young woman is she is better off protected by the right man is frustrating

  6. says:

    Well The Blackbirder proved to be just the very thing I needed as I came to the end of my first full week back at work A piece of brilliant literary escapism The Blackbirder is forties noir by an author often acknowledged as a master of the genre My only other experience of Dorothy B Hughes is The Expendable Man which I read a few years ago – re issued by Persephone books if you haven’t come across it I urge you to d

  7. says:

    This one took a while to get going for me To begin with I didn't get on with the writing style Too many sentences commenced with the word She However as the story progressed it improved and then the incredible plotting kept me entranced Rapidly my rating increased from three to four to five stars My opinions about the cast of characters also shifted as the various double crossings subterfuges etc were revealed JulieJuliet's naivete brave

  8. says:

    24 jun 16 1st from hughes for mesaw it listed in a list of stories also published by that one press i mentioned two reviews

  9. says:

    I have to say I was a little disappointed in this book set in WWII the main character was supposed to be travelling throughout Europe and the states evading Nazis In fact she just took a train from New York to Santa Fe While

  10. says:

    Crisp little World War II European refugee heroine fleeing through New York and New Mexico searching for cousin not knowing who to trust Hughes is consummate narrator with some lovely turns of phrase and super vi

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Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook  Dorothy B. Hughes

Tep 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 priceWith 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 actionDorothy B Hughes 1904–1. Mid century noirJulie Guille is in trouble and must flee New YorkOn the run from the Gestapo the FBI and her UncleHer options are running outThe Blackbirder for the right price can promise a safe passage to New Mexico but who is the BlackbirderAn engrossing read

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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 womanBorn 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 acuaintance appears on her doors. A uite brilliant update of The 39 Steps style of espionage thrillers to a WWII setting with a strong female lead and an overwhelming sense of fear paranoia and dreadRead whilst hiding from the English rain waiting to return to AustraliaI think this might be one of those forgotten classics Three uarters of this book verges on storytelling perfection only to be let down by a messy endingJulie is a refugee from Nazi occuppied Paris living in American illegally The opening chapter sets up a chance meeting with an old friend an unexpected death and an impromtu flight across America to escape persecution What follows is a thrilling page turning noirDorothy Hughes reads like the prototype for Megan Abbott with the a

Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook  Dorothy B. Hughes

993 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 AmericaFemmes Fatales restores to print the best of women’s writing in the classic pulp genres of the mid 20th century From mystery to hard boiled noir to taboo lesbian romance these rediscovered ueens of pulp offer subversive perspectives on a turbulent era Enjoy the series Bedelia; The Blackbirder; Bunny Lake Is Missing; By Cecile; The G String Murders; The Girls in 3 B; In a Lonely Place; Laura; Mother Finds a Body; Now Voyager; Skyscraper; Stranger on Lesbos; Women's Barrack. I have to say I was a little disappointed in this book set in WWII the main character was supposed to be travelling throughout Europe and the states evading Nazis In fact she just took a train from New York to Santa Fe While the woman spent most of the time on the run and paranoid she was terribly inept and realising when she was being followed judging people and making decisions about what to do I think the most interesting thing about this book was the white people s perceptions of the Indians living in New Mexico and the barriers between the culture and the racism that barely got mentioned As a thriller it wasn t that exciting not enough happened none of the characters were very likeable and the writing