This gives Richards a perfect set-up for a kind of alternative history, and she follows through nicely. Her Kitty Pangborn is no mere vicarious fantasy of a woman stepping into a man's job. She does no shooting, for example, and she is never drugged, slugged or shot at. But the story is decidedly a mystery, and Kitty does her share of sleuthing, snooping and, above all, thinking and reflecting. The thinking, the reflecting, and her narration of the events that led her to the side of P.I. Dexter J. Theroux lend the story a wistful, coming-of-age air. Readers who liked Fredric Brown's great Fabulous Clipjoint might feel at home here.All of Rozovsky’s comments are here, as are some from his erudite peanut gallery.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Kitty Beyond Borders
I am deeply honored that Peter Rozovsky chose to offer up a careful consideration of Death Was the Other Woman on his wonderful Detectives Beyond Borders blog: