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Thrill Girl

Written by: Jack Curran
Narrated by: Tom Jordan
Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
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June, 1951. It's a tense summer in the City of Angels. A killer is on the loose. She's blonde, she's beautiful, and she murders bad guys. On three different occasions, she thwarted a mugging in progress, saving the innocent, dispatching the guilty, and fading away like a whisper in the rain. She never waits around for thanks. Apparently, she doesn't want any.

Who is this woman?

Jack Curran, star reporter, is determined to find out. He's a good citizen. A war hero. A journalist who wants to write fiction, which he plans to once he files an exclusive on Thrill Girl's identity. When Thrill Girl strikes a fourth time, adding two more to her body count while saving a pretty shop girl, his investigation leads him to socialite Alana Maxwell. She's blonde. She's beautiful.

Does she murder bad guys?

Despite his publisher's warning to be wary of her very connected and powerful step-brother, Jack goes to ask her, face-to-face. But Alana Maxwell doesn't care that a newspaperman is tracking her like a hound with a snout full of fox. She has only one thing on her mind: saving her younger brother's life. It's something she'll do anything to accomplish. Anything. Including taking illicit drugs, living with blackouts and hallucinations, and putting herself in the hands of a mysterious doctor she has no good reason to trust.

Before Jack can nail down Alana's connection to Thrill Girl, LA is rocked by an even more lurid crime. A bum is ripped to pieces near the Griffith Park Zoo. The coroner says the bite marks have traces of human and animal saliva. The cops go crazy. Jack's newspaper proclaims a monster's in town. The good citizens of LA lock their doors and windows and clamor for answers.

Jack is determined to provide them. He hears a rumor about something called a der Katzenjunge. Translation? A European myth about men with the mutant ability to temporarily transmogrify into a savage, feline-like creature. 

What the hell?

©2018 Marsha Nuccio (P)2019 Marsha Nuccio

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Great

I really enjoyed this one. Great pulpy writing, solid characters and a fun, well plotted story. The narration was good, too!

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  • shelley
  • 2020-01-17

Very good noir...

I really enjoyed this book. Set on 1951 LA. The story follows Jack Curran, journalist and war hero. There’s a woman out there killing bad guys on the street who try to rob an innocent passerby. The woman kills and when the victim thanks her the response is always “I was thrilled to help you “. Always followed by sending the victims 2 dozen roses afterwards. Jack thinks he may have tracked her down but doesn’t want it to be the woman he thinks the killer is. Jack’s investigation is both professional and personal, seems once he meets the woman he’s dubbed Thrill Girl, he becomes smitten with her.

I may edit at a later time and give more details, let’s see if this will be posted. As with Wayne (Matthews, NC) Audible likes to hold onto many of my reviews for days. If they’re not holding them, for some reason they go back and take older reviews down for reasons I will never know. If Audible is that worried, they should just give listeners a multiple choice questionnaire and allow a one line comment!

Anyway, Tom Jordan does a great job narrating.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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  • KBRC NetG
  • 2020-02-20

Noir delight!

With picturesque dialogue and setting, this nostalgic story will lock you into the pages of this story. Excellent narration. Get it and read it; you’ll love it!

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