Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Christa Faust NSFW* update

Double-D Double Cross is the book Raymond Chandler would have written had his protagonist been a high-libido lesbian who kept a sex toy rather than a bottle of whiskey handy in the office.

Actually, the opening chapters of this raunchy slice of hardboiled, over-the-lop lesbian erotica by DBB friend Christa Faust deserve the Chandler invocation more than some books do. Faust cops a line from Farewell, My Lovely but, more than that, the book is filled with touches of the sympathy that characterized Chandler and bits of righteous anger, too.

And parts of those opening chapters are just plain funny:
"She was the type who got all juicy over the idea of slumming with a rough and tumble blue-collar butch like me, but couldn’t stop lecturing me about how I was internalizing oppression because I cut my hair like Tony Curtis."

And, when P.I. "Butch" Fatale keeps her clothes on, this is one righteous, thrilling ride, including the best nude skateboarding scene you're likely to read in a crime novel this year.
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* Not Safe for Work.

© Peter Rozovsky 2012

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Blogger May said...

Wowzer!

January 18, 2012  
Anonymous I.J.Parker said...

Hmmm!

January 18, 2012  
Blogger Kelly Robinson said...

Some of my best friends are NSFW. They would love this.

January 18, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

May, I.J.: Those are understandable reactions to the excerpt you may just have read. But I hope anyone who reads it will (after mopping his or her forehead, of course) notice the fun Faust has with hard-boiled cliches.

Think back to Sam Spade and his imitators, and all that sexual potential between the gumshoe and his secretary, the gumshoe and the inevitable sexy female client, and so on. Are you telling me that in real life the detective and the secretary or client would never have gone to bed (or to couch or to desk), not even once?

So those first couple of chapters are the explosion of decades of repressed hard-boiled libido.

January 18, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Ha! Kelly, I've never heard people described as NSFW. You have interesting friends.

January 18, 2012  
Anonymous solo said...

Thanks for providing that image in your post, Peter. I've always had a great hankering to know what Tony Curtis would look like if he had breasts. Of course, I've seen him in a bra in Some Like It Hot, but without the necessary underlying superstructure it's really not the same thing, as I'm sure you'd be the first to acknowledge.

January 18, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Ye gods,, some things are better left to the imagination and not discussed in public.

January 18, 2012  
Anonymous solo said...

I've been reading a lot of your man Bill James recently and I don't think it's doing me any good. For several days afterwards I keep coming over all Desmond Ilesish, and use that device whereby what is said is the opposite of what is meant.

I looked up Faust's book on Amazon but it wasn't there yet. You are so way ahead of the curve, Peter (if you don't mind me using such a cliched phrase) but what a lousy title it has: BUTCH FATALE; DYKE DICK — DOUBLE-D DOUBLE CROSS.

Dyke van Dick would have been better. But I did learn some things from reading the opening chapter. For instance, strap-ons ought to come with condoms attached. As Michael Caine might say, not a lot of people know that.

The surprising thing I learned from my Amazon visit was that Faust had written Snakes On A Plane - the novelization. Well, I suppose, a girl's gotta earn a living. Didn't Stephen King, when he was starting out, put some food on the table by writing porn, or am I thinking of somebody else?

Well, nobody said earning a living as a writer was easy.

January 18, 2012  
Anonymous kathy d. said...

Have you seen this on the pitfalls of copy-editing? It's funny, but probably all too true.

http://cw.ua.edu/2012/01/17/the-life-cycle-of-copy-editing/

January 18, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Kathy, that is 100 percent, dead-on, absolutely, to the note accurate. It will find a home on several computers in my newsroom this week.

Thanks,

January 19, 2012  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Solo/Desmond: If you checked Faust's bibliography on Amazon. you may have noticed that her work includes two novels for Hard Case Crime (Money Shot and Choke Hold), among others, in addition to tie-ins and novelizations, which she has, indeed, referred to as her day job. I don't when it will show up on Amazon, but it is to go on sale on that most romantic of days, Feb. 14.

At the same time, she's had interesting things to say about writing novelizations. My favorite is that authors of such books sometimes have to work from an early version of the script because the book has to finished and on sale in time for the show or movie's release. They don't get to see the production and sometimes work from a script that will have gone through many changes by the time the work reaches the screen.

Dyke van Dick is worth at least a scrap of dialogue, if not a character name. How would you imagine such a character? A lesbian detective with a odd fondness for seventeenth-century Dutch painting, perhaps?

January 19, 2012  

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