Tuesday, January 23, 2018


You really need to read The Damp Fedora, by Kate Pilarcik! She is one of the swellest moxie ladies around, bar none. She can light up a room without even being in it. Merely the mention of her name will do it. I've known Kate for quite some time now and have always been fascinated by her love of life, and her way with words, words which always remind me of great noir and hard-working gumshoes. I guarantee you will love this book.

Prepare yourself for a grand adventure as you step back into time, relax, and read this awesome book.

Blaze McRob

Book description:
THE DAMP FEDORA introduces 1940's detective Nelle Callahan, gal gumshoe with gumption, with a case that struts its stuff like the breeze off a good Narragansett sail. Brisk. Brash. Knowing where the wind's coming from, and yet … wondering. Nelle's job? Cut through some slick con's shadow, lift a corner of chintz off the mist, let some truth shine in for the chippies and the chopper squad — you know — menfolk who measure themselves by how big their tommy guns really are.
In this outing, Nelle finds herself helping a damp fedora wearing Harry — who's not a Harry — Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Eddie Waitkus, MLB pitcher Paul Katcher and her OSS handler-agent, none other than former White Sox catcher Moe Berg.
Praise for THE DAMP FEDORA …
"Original, distinctive, and quirky, there's something legendary about Kate's writing. 'Writing' doesn't fully describe the evocative prose, it sings off the page with the sultriness of a Hollywood starlet and raps with the cool of the Rat Pack. I can't decide if she carries her pen in a holster on her stockinged thigh or in a violin case alongside her Tommy gun." — Matt Hilton, author of the international bestseller Joe Hunter thrillers
"Fair warning — you are about to be enveloped by a whirlwind. A soft whirlwind of words and snappy pat-ter and hoods wide shouldering the front seat of mid-night sedans and a ball player on the outs and back ins and gats and tommyguns of the 45 persuasion ratatat-tating and the best cuppa joe in the world and a rock hard chunk of chocolate that ain't candy and Sinatra croonin' and Wind-song all over your mind and some secret and not-so-secret agents … and … and … and if this all sounds confusing, just keep in mind what Nelle Towse Callahan tells ya right out in front: 'Some-thing's up. Something always is.' Remember that and you'll be all right, bub. You will be exactly all right." — A.J. (Bill) Hayes, revered crime-noir author of our thriller times, who left us in shadows way too damn soon
5.0 out of 5 starsA Bit of Slight of Hand
ByVirginia E. Johnsonon November 24, 2016
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
“A Bit of Slight of Hand.”
When we meet Nelle Callahan, she’s waiting in her office for a client when a fella walks in with a damp fedora on his head. Failing to give his name, he just says something is missing and wants her to find it. Well, Nelle says let’s cozy down to the Hill O’ Beans for a cup and Joe and discuss this case. From there things start happening and I do mean fast. Some mysterious fella is sitting in a back booth with a newspaper in front of his face, and Nelle tries to convince her new client to spill the beans – not the café’s beans, but his own. While this is going on a gangster walks in and demands protection money from the owner of the café/bar, but the owner tosses hot grease on him and Nelle shoots him in the leg. This is only for starters. Nelle makes an excuse to call a friend and the fella in the back booth attacks her – well, he lets her go real quick before she punches him out. He also has a case for her.
Well, any more and I’ll spoil the whole case for you. First, this is a fun novelette, written with humorous dialogue between fast action spurts. The author has a way with words that will make you smile, or even down right giggle a time or two. Nelle is an OSS agent, and being a private detective is a cover for other activities. In fact, this whole case could be labeled as one of her OSS cases, as the reader – or her clients – don’t see what’s coming before the cases are wrapped up. I found the story a lot of fun, especially the author’s writing. I was reminded a bit of an older pulp series character by the name of Dorrit Bly that appeared in the late 1940’s issues of DETECTIVE FICTION WEEKLY. Dorrit Bly was an ex Army G2 agent, and had a photographic memory and was highly intelligent. After the war she couldn’t get a license as a private detective, so had to do other things. She met a fumbling gentleman office worker who dreamed of being a detective, but didn’t have the mind for it, so Bly did the investigation using him as a front man and foil. She also was witty and solved the cases for her male counterpart. The author of the series was Frank Bunce. Nelle Callahan is in the same mold of the earlier series, and I think the reader, and especially pulp fans, will find Kate Pilarcik’s writing a delight. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5starsNot since Chandler
ByC. Cleveron October 7, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I didn't know what to expect on starting this noirvella, as the author calls it. I previewed a little taste, and wanted to sink my teeth in immediately. This story is not to read like most books. One must hear the characters talking in the brain (sure wish this would go Audible) to settle into the jig that the author dances while telling Nelle's, not-Harry's, and others' parts. This book is FUN, something a reader like me isn't exposed to often as I stick to the crimefics of the world but really. It's perfect. Absolutely perfect. Pick up your own Damp Fedora and take a stroll in the rain.

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