"Woman with a Blue Pencil is a brilliantly structured labyrinth of a novel -- something of an enigma wrapped in a mystery, postmodernist in its experimental bravado and yet satisfyingly well-grounded in the Los Angeles of its World War II era. Gordon McAlpine has imagined a totally unique work of 'mystery' fiction -- one that Kafka, Borges, and Nabokov, as well as Dashiell Hammett, would have appreciated." -- Joyce Carol Oates
“Hammett Unwritten accomplishes the next-best thing to writing the unwritten—it satisfies the insatiable longing for another Dashiell Hammett novel… In a way far more satisfying than the truth could ever be, it also answers the nagging question of why Hammett never wrote another book....[giving] his life the hard-boiled second act it most certainly deserved.”
-- Paste Magazine
"An absolutely joyful novel ... a wonderfully funny and uplifting book. A mixture of fact and fantasy, fiction and frolic, this novel skips, jumps and ultimately flies... The author walks the tightrope between being fanciful and being just perfectly outrageous. He balances his story with just enough 'yarns' while keeping one foot set firmly in the reality of the Depression years."
-- West Coast Review of Books