This Girl for Hire by G.G. Fickling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Never knew that this was a great series of novels, thought it was just a horrid TV show.
"Honey West is the nerviest, curviest P.I. in Los Angeles - or anywhere else for that matter. She's a cross between James Bond and The Avengers' Emma Peel - a girl detective with the sleuthmanship of Mike Hammer and the measurements of Marilyn Monroe, and This Girl for Hire is the first in a series of darkly funny and innuendo-laden crime novels originally published in the 1950s and 1960s. In this one, Honey finds herself playing strip poker with four murder suspects...and a deck that's as stacked as she is." Honey has her hands full with the corpse of a washed-up Hollywood entertainer, a battered beauty, and a poisoned pipsqueak - not to mention the guy who tries to get her to model a transparent bathing suit in his swimming pool "shaped like the body of a very large-bosomed woman." Fortunately, with her 38-22-36 measurements, taffy colored hair, big blue eyes, and baby-bottom complexion, Honey fits right in with the Hollywood types as she searches out the clues aboard a yacht christened Hell's Light. "Just bring a swimsuit and a toothbrush," says Sam Aces, the producer, but it's a good thing Honey's packed her .32, too.
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