Sunday, November 8, 2015
Gold Leaf, by Luanne Rice
"The women of Fox Point wore black because someone was always dying."
Nice opening line for a noir story, or a book of the same, true?
This is a tale about making a deal with the devil. Not literally, but about setting a cat to catch a rat, which always leaves you with a cat to cope with.
The narrator is an artist. "I worked in shorts and my bra, making portraits with the bodies of angels and the heads of local politicians. I received good commissions but it didn't matter because my boyfriend was a lobbyist. He paid my rent."
But when she gets jealous of her lover's wife, she starts plotting a murder. And that involves finding someone willing to kill. If you have read any noir at all, you know this ain't gonna end well...
Very nice writing in a clever story.