Madeleine Greenhill was rich, beautiful, reckless…now she’s dead, dumped in the water. Her mother Misericordiae is the most feared woman in Hera City, which puts added pressure on investigating detective Eugenie Auf der Maur.
Gutsy, smart, likeable – and tiny – ‘Genie’ is soon drawn into a labyrinthine world of sex and money, power and terror, double-cross and corruption. Nothing is at seems and nobody can be trusted as she becomes obsessed with finding the killer of the girl in the polka dot dress.
The Polka Dot Girl takes the classic ‘noir’ detective story and adds a unique twist: all the characters are female. The world-weary cop, self-destructive victim, assured femme fatale, malevolent villain: all iconic noir characters, and all women. They act and talk like these characters always do – tenderly, violently, bitterly – but they’re women, creating a wonderful tension between hard edge and soft heart.
And the serpentine plot, larger-than-life incidents and bristling dialogue combine to create a classic noir: Sam Spade in lipstick and a dress.
In Hera City, the female of the species just may be more deadly after all.
Published around the world on January 25, 2013