Woman of Ill Fame (Paperback)

By Erika Mailman

Heyday Books, 9781597140515, 257pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2007



Fiction. Looking for a better life, Nora Simms sails from the East Coast to gold rush San Francisco with a plan for success: to strike it rich by trading on her good looks. But when a string of murders claims several of her fellow "women of ill fame," Nora grows uneasy with how closely linked all of the victims are to her. Even her rise to the top of her profession and a move to the fashionable part of town don't shelter her from the danger, and she must distinguish friend from foe in a race to discover the identity of the killer. "WOMAN OF ILL FAME deftly sidesteps all the hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold clichA[a┬ČAs you think you see coming as it follows its heroine through the muddy two-fisted brawl that was gold rush San Francisco. The book starts with a bang, and for me it never lets up; I enjoyed the hell out of it"--Tamim Ansary