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4.0 out of 5 stars I Wish She'd Have Gotten It Right, July 10, 2011
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I suppose that it's unfair to critique an author writing about events in 1951 when she was not present, but I insist that historical fiction should at least attempt to be accurate. I found several anachronisms that bothered me, because I was and always have been, a resident of Los Angeles. In 1951 I was a freshman at UCLA. The author refers to "one of the sparkling pink and grey high-rises in Westwood," when in fact Westwood Village was exactly that in 1951, a group of small wooden buildings. She refers to the Queen Mary, but that ship wasn't retired and moved to Long Beach until 1967. She mentions Slapsy Maxie's night club, but it became Billy Gray's Band Box in 1946. One of her characters is cautioned about being arrested and sent to County Jail, when in fact he would have been sent to the City Jail which at that time was in Lincoln Heights. More care, please, author!

The writing is of the Mickey Spillane school of violence and hard drinking. I did enjoy the story, though at times it seemed over the top and labored. Close but no cigar.
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Initial post: Feb 13, 2016 1:05:14 PM PST
E. Justice says:
I was wondering whether anybody but me was bothered by the anachronisms. The ones I noticed had more to do with language than geography, but they were jarring all the same. (No one in 1951 would have referred to Joan Crawford as "Ms." !!) Also get the "over the top and labored." Interesting, but I'm not sure I'll read any more of Ms. Abbott's books.
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