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characters The Blackbirder · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☀ The Blackbirder ✈ Author Dorothy B. Hughes – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk 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 intrOn 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 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 a. 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 do so it is absolutely brilliant Back to the Blackbirder then a book I loved so much I immediately ordered a Penguin Classics edition of In a Lonely Place – it seems many of her books are now available only as ebooks “The waiter was looking at her Not just looking He was watching Under black caterpillar eyebrows his cold little black eyes were crawling on her face She whispered ‘the waiter is looking at me’ For a moment she thought she had said it out loud that Maxl had heard her Her lips had moved but she hadn’t spoken only to herself She mustn’t let Maxl guess that she had noticed the waiter Maxl might have ordered the man to watch”Julie Guille is in New York having escaped from occupied Paris she is on the run from the gestapo and the FBI – her entry into the US illegal She has been lying low in a rented apartment biding her time trying to forget the girl she used to be In Paris she had been glamorous groomed before she felt the need to flee from the Nazis and her malevolent guardian Uncle Paul; Duc de Guille One night at Carnegie she runs into a young man she knew slightly in Paris Maxl – Julie can’t be sure – was their meeting accident or design Not everyone is who they seem but Julie can never let her suspicions show she agrees to a drink with Maxl where she is convinced she is being watched by the waiter Maxl insists on showing Julie home in a taxi moments after Julie enters her apartment Maxl lies dead on the pavement outside So starts Julie’s flight from New York aboard a train via Chicago headed for Santa Fe in search ultimately for the elusive Blackbirder The Blackbirder aids refugees across the border to New Mexico and with Maxl dead outside her apartment and the gestapo FBI and her guardian all looking for her he is Julie is convinced her best chance of escape from the USFull review

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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 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. 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 ability to create an all enveloping sense of dread that Patricia Highsmith wouldn't be ashamed of writing and in doing so foreshadows the effects of Communist paranoia on the American psyche as Julie's mind becomes and fragmented with the overwhelming fear it createsThe good news is that Ms Hughes is currently being republished by both Penguin and The Feminist Press in their brilliant Femmes Fatales series so you can discover the talented mid 20th Century pulpnoir writer for yourself

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The BlackbirderCtionDorothy B Hughes – is the author of numerous hardboiled mystery novels Three of her books became successful films The Fallen Sparrow Ride the Pink Horse and In a Lonely Place reprinted by the Feminist Press in In 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 th 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 B In a Lonely Place Laura Mother Finds a Body Now Voyager Skyscraper Stranger on Lesbos Women's Barracks. 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 backwas it in the last macdonaldjohn d story i read i believe socoming to merevval press rvival press something anywaythere was a list of stories and who can resist a list so when on that list there are names with whom one is familiar so hughesonward and upward i think i picked this one 'cause of the title and a uick look see at the description sounds like a winner we'll see25 jun 16 finished great story ooga booga non stop suspense non stop action not breathless white knuckle action low key suspenseful action i like how nobody really in this story knows what the other is doing thinking what their purpose is everyone has an idea not often right and that adds to the suspense and yeah this is another book revivals press and it must be listed amongst the groupings to do with wimmen wimmen and literature saw it listed as such but in this one they spelled revivals right or did they spell it wrong here heh this one too has some oddball things about it that i attribute to the editing process the other has things like 111 for i'll other kindle typos notzis they're everywhere they're everywheregood read onward ever onward