Lady Detective

One good scene in Ed McBain’s The Gutter and the Grave (my latest Hard Case find) has drunk/bum detective Matt Cordell visit the apartment of a lady detective: Fran West. Busty and black-haired, she tells him she was a model first (not skinny enough to be a fashion model, so she posed for the porn mags) and claims she’s too stupid to have passed the cop exam, so she got a job working for a detective’s agency. Moments later, she lays down her rules. I think these are some mighty admirable rules for a lady:

“Rule one: never touch a drink before three in the afternoon. Rule two: never wear a girdle. Rule three: never invite a man up for a nightcap unless I plan to let him stay the night. Rule four: be a lady. Rule five: except when it’s impossible.”

-TM

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