The Barefoot Stiff

Depression-era private eye Maggie Sullivan wields a .38 as skillfully as an emery board. She’s drawn into a stranger’s murder, follows a lead the police laugh off, and confronts a killer in this **short story** featuring characters from the author's series of mystery novels. See why fans have dubbed Maggie "Sam Spade in a skirt." More

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About M. Ruth Myers

Ruth is the author of more than a dozen books, in assorted genres, which have been translated, optioned for film and condensed for magazine publication. She currently writes the Maggie Sullivan mystery series, set in Dayton, Ohio, from 1938-1947 and featuring a female private investigator.
Ruth and her husband have one grown daughter. They live in Ohio where they serve as domestic staff to an over-empowered cat.

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Review by: Max Everhart on Aug. 21, 2014 : (no rating)
I've already read two books in the Maggie Sullivan series, so I'm very much a fan. But this story is an excellent introduction for the uninitiated--the narrative is fast-paced, the dialogue snappy, the Depression Era details spot-on, and, of course, Maggie herself is tough, resourceful, and sarcastic. As I was reading "The Barefoot Stiff," I heard echoes of Chandler and Hammett and many of the other greats of the P.I. genre. If you like your stories hard-boiled and your detectives flawed yet likable, pretty but not girly, then Maggie Sullivan is the dame for you. Highly recommended. Easily the best 99 cents you'll spend this month!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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