Monday, March 27, 2006

I've been reading a lot of noir lately, which seems like a big bad boys club so I thought I'd check out a chick's take on the genre with Dope by Sara Gran. It's set in the early 1950s and features a former junkie, Josephine, who is hired by a wealthy couple to find their daughter Nadine. She started using, dropped out of college, and spiraled down quickly from there. Josephine uses her connections to the drug world to follow Nadine's trail from student to taxi dancer to worse, along the way getting herself implicated in a murder. I didn't love it, but I did enjoy it a lot. And it even made me forget the first rule of noir: never trust the femme fatale.

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