Death Was the Other Woman

Death Was the Other Woman

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Baker & Taylor
When her boss, hard-living, street-smart PI Dexter Theroux, is hired by the mistress of one of L.A.'s most corrupt businessmen to tail her lover, secretary Kitty Pangborn becomes suspicious that the case may be linked to more than simple jealousy, especially when she and Dex stumble upon a corpse, in a mystery set against 1930s Depression-era Los Angeles. 17,500 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
As the lawlessness of Prohibition pushes against the desperation of the Depression, there are two ways to make a living in Los Angeles: join the criminals or collar them. Kitty Pangborn has chosen the crime-fighters, becoming secretary to Dexter J. Theroux, one of the hard-drinking, tough-talking PIs who pepper the city's stew. But after Dex takes an assignment from Rita Heppelwaite, the mistress of Harrison Dempsey, one of L.A.'s shadiest--and richest--businessmen, Kitty isn't so sure what side of the law she's on.
Rita suspects Dempsey has been stepping out and asks Dex to tail him. It's an easy enough task, but Dex's morning stroll with Johnnie Walker would make it tough for him to trail his own shadow. Kitty insists she go along for the ride, keeping her boss--and hopefully her salary--safe. However, she's about to realize that there's something far more unpleasant than a three-timing husband at the end of this trail, and that there's more at risk than her paycheck.
Richly satisfying and stylishly gritty, Death Was the Other Woman gives a brand-new twist to the hard-boiled style, revealing that while veteran PIs like Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe spent their time slugging scotch and wooing women, it may well have been the Girl Fridays of the world who really cracked the cases.

Kitty Pangborn needed a job. She got more than she bargained for.


Blackwell North Amer
As the lawlessness of Prohibition pushes against the desperation of the Depression, there are two ways to make a living in Los Angeles: join the criminals or collar them. Kitty Pangborn has chosen the crimefighters, becoming secretary to Dexter J. Theroux, one of the hard-drinking, rough-talking PIs who pepper the city's stew. But after Dex takes an assignment from Rita Heppelwaire, the mistress of Harrison Dempsey, one of L.A.'s shadiest - and richest - businessmen, Kitty isn't so sure what side of the law she's on.
Rita suspects Dempsey has been stepping out and asks Dex to tail him. It's an easy enough task, but Dex's morning stroll with Johnnie Walker would make it rough for him to trail his own shadow. Kitty insists she go along for the tide, keeping her boss - and hopefully her salary - safe. However, she's about to realize that there's something far more unpleasant than a three-timing husband at the end of this trail, and that there's more at risk than her paycheck.

Baker
& Taylor

When her boss, PI Dexter Theroux, is hired by the mistress of one of L.A.'s most corrupt businessmen to tail her lover, secretary Kitty Pangborn suspects that the case may be linked to more than simple jealousy, especially when she and Dex stumble upon a corpse.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312377700
0312377703
Characteristics: viii, 261 p. ; 22 cm.

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KarenW
Dec 06, 2011

Kitty may have been a sheltered naive deb, but now that she has to support herself by being a secretary to a LA shamus, she is starting to become the person she was always meant to be. Even though her boss is a drunk and a guy she knows is named Mustard and there is a mystery woman and a dead body that keeps showing up in different places. All this will become clear in the end, maybe. And it doesn't hurt to be set during the Great Depression as it brings a bittersweet edge to this novel and makes it stand out in a crowded genre.

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Nov 29, 2011

I had this novel on my "for later " shelf forever before I decided to give it a try. I am not a big fan of hard-boiled detective fiction--I don't think I would want to read a whole novel through the eyes of a cynical, boozey P.I --but this has a different take. The narrator is a gently-born and privileged young lady who is yanked out of Mrs.Beeson's Finishing School for Young Ladies on October 29, 1929 and told her father has commited suicide and she is poor. Goodbye. Her job prospects are low since her skills include planning a dinner party or flower arranging. But we find her two years later working as a secretary for a boozey, cynical P.I . In truth she is more of a baby-sitter for her boss since his alcoholism makes him less than reliable. Yet he is a sympathetic and likable character--trying to escape from his memories of ww1. Great characters, setting and a satisfying mystery makes this an enjoyable book.

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