Woman with a Blue Pencil

Woman with a Blue Pencil

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“… McAlpine has skillfully melded the mood of rage at Japanese treachery and bits of Hammett-era noir with the sensibilities of metafiction and postmodernism into a truly original crime novel.” — Booklist

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Reviews for Woman with a Blue Pencil

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“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…

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Woman with a Blue Pencil: Excerpt

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…The rain had stopped and Sam Sumida stood for a moment on the sidewalk outside his house. Aside from the lights burning inside, everything looked as he had left it. He couldn’t help thinking about Kyoko, who had picked out the bungalow from among those in Echo Park they could afford. The neighborhood was reasonably…

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