Josephine "Joe" Flannigan
Created by Sara Gran
Reformed heroin junkie JOSEPHINE "JOE" FLANNIGAN (clean for two years!) is offered a thousand bucks in cash to find a wealthy suburban couple's runaway daughter -- which sure beats shoplifting jewelery from department stores for a living -- in Sara Gran's acclaimed 2006 standalone novel Dope.
But her hunt for the slumming socialite brings Joe face to face with her own past in the seedy, nasty demi-monde of hustlers, addicts, scam artists, petty thieves and hookers of 1950s New York City she thought she'd escaped.
It's a heartbreaker, all right; dark and disturbing and about a zillion miles away from an "easy read" -- a brutal, unflinching tour of a world about as pleasant as a junkie's scabs.
It may not break new ground, but just try to put it down...
-- Kirkus Reviews
-- Bruce DeSilva, Associated Press
Editor's Comment: Bruce is wrong about it being the first great noir novel by a woman, but it gives you an idea of what sort of a fuss this book whipped up.
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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