Nica of the New Yorks

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A self-appointed private eye solves cases and fights evil across the infinite co-existing dimensions of the Frames, a universe where buildings and lawn chairs might be sentient, stray cats have great powers, books can be killers, and clouds can be spies. More

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About Sue Perry

... Concert stage, dark except for a deep blue spotlight. Singer drops to one knee and his narration evolves from murmur to rant. "This is the story of a man who got what he wanted but he lost what he had. He got what he wanted but he lost what he had. He got –" ...

It goes on forever. It's mesmerizing. Uncomfortable. Confessional.

Pretty sure this memory is from the time I saw James Brown, decades ago, but the lost identity of the singer isn't the point.

I've spent my life gazing across some fence or other, admiring greener grass over yonder. I've acted on so many impulses to jump the fence. No complaints, but it has sure taken me a long time to appreciate where I'm standing right now. And nowadays that blue spotlight chant fills my head whenever I contemplate a new jump.

Sometimes I jump back.

I was a low–budget television producer until I wrote a psychological thriller, "Was It A Rat I Saw", which Bantam–Doubleday–Dell published in hardcover in 1992. Soon after that I became the mother of twins, jumped into graduate school, and became a disaster scientist. I dabbled in academia, government research, and consulting.

I stopped writing fiction for nearly two decades, until I noticed how much I missed it. I resumed writing novels with the literary fiction "Scar Jewelry" about a family with secrets that started in the era of Los Angeles punk and persist for decades. I'm in the midst of a speculative detective series FRAMES, with "Nica of Los Angeles", "Nica of the New Yorks", and "Boredom Fighter" so far. I've just completed a nine-novella series, the young adult paranormal horror romance, "DDsE".

Funny. Back in the day, I had a single book idea at a time. Now I'm flooded with them, can't keep up with them, though I write just about every day.

I live in southern California. I had to leave for five years to confirm this is where I belong. I live with multiple cats, comfortably close to my twins and granddaughter. Like my life paths, my friends and family are all over the damn place. I like to visit them, spend time at the ocean, explore cities, and go out to hear live music.

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K S Dearsley reviewed on April 1, 2019

I missed the first book in the series, but didn't feel I was left floundering by being plunged into Nica's world. The glimpses the reader is given of what's gone before are tantalising, and having thoroughly enjoyed Nica's efforts to defeat Maelstrom in the New Yorks, I intend going back to the beginning and reading the complete set.

Sue Perry is expert at setting scenes and painting characters with a few strokes. It's easy to identify with them, to feel their wonder and share their struggles. There is a strong streak of humour running through the novel, which is never out of place. Rather it contrasts with the way the characters deal with setbacks and losses, bringing them into sharper focus and adding to the poignant moments.

Innovative and expertly written.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
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