Vicki Hendricks is on a short list–women who write noir fiction. Miami Purity is her first book and she does a fine job carrying on in the tradition of great crime writers like James Ellroy and James M. Cain. Her main character is a down-on-her-luck ex-stripper who loves all the wrong guys and is looking for a fresh start. She thinks she’s found it when she gets a job at Miami Purity Dry Cleaners, but Sherry has brought all of her old ways along with her. Boozing, letting men chase her until she catches them. Hendricks doesn’t write delicately or spare the raunch–Sherry is every bit the down-and-dirty loser of classic noir. Her homme fatale is the pretty son of her hardboiled boss, and following along with Sherry as she tries to navigate out of her league is a twisty, sleazy, sexy ride.
A good read even if you do want to take a shower afterwards.