Take a powder, Nancy Drew. 1940s girl sleuth Iris Anderson is on the case.
Fifteen-year-old Iris knows she would make a great detective, if only her private-eye war vet father would give her a shot. But Pop refuses, especially after the suicide of Iris’ mother less than a year ago. Now they’ve moved to downtown Manhattan, where Iris, once a posh private-school girl, has to rub elbows with the rough characters of P.S. 110. When Pop takes a case that involves the disappearance of one of her new classmates, Iris sees her chance to collect clues on the sly. Drawn into a world of cigarette-smoke–filled Harlem dance halls and shabby tenement apartments, Iris tries to track down what happened to troubled, handsome Tom Barney by using her new friendships with sassy Suze and bookish Pearl to uncover more evidence. But soon she becomes tangled up in her own web of lies, and when Pop comes clean with some shocking information, Iris is forced to admit that detecting isn’t as easy as it looks. As with her popular adult mysteries starring actress-turned-gumshoe Rosie Winter, Haines’ pitch-perfect rendering of postwar New York City is “murder…you know—marvelous.”
A stylish, slang-filled teen noir that is as entertaining as it is absorbing. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)