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From Publishers Weekly

After her well-received horror tale Come Closer, you can't blame Gran for trying her hand at a 1950s noir, but her turns on stripped-down conventions are less sharp this time out. Gran's heroine, Josephine "Joe" Flannigan, is a former heroin addict and hooker who has recast herself as a petty thief and con. Working her home turf, New York City's Hell's Kitchen, she is taken up by a mysterious well-to-do couple offering her $1,000 up front and another $1,000 on delivery to find their addict daughter, expelled from Barnard and lost to the streets. The reader never actually sees Joe do any thieving or conning, because she's got that $1,000 to ride on. Instead, Joe's search for the missing coed takes her on a cliché-ridden tour of the bare apartments and public parks frequented by the junkies who used to be her friends. (And it's the '50s, so teenagers listen to 45s, and black Chevrolets are still cool.) Joe's troubled relationship with little sister Shelley is a very engaging conflict, but Gran doesn't bring them together often enough. It never occurs to Joe that she may be being conned herself, and her hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold routine wears thin, but she's easy to root for. (Feb.)
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From Booklist

It's 1950, and former heroin addict and hooker Josephine Flannigan (Joe or Joey to her friends) has been going straight for two years. She still boosts jewelry from department stores, but for her, she's practically living square. When a wealthy Long Island couple hires her to help find their daughter, whose own dope habit led her astray from Barnard, Flannigan has an opportunity for a new kind of score. Her search takes her through flophouses and shooting galleries, dance halls and whorehouses--and her own past as well. Flannigan is a well-conceived and original heroine, likable herself and keenly sympathetic to all the little crooked people who constitute her world. Her voice doesn't quite sound like a streetwise ninth-grade dropout--and a few more convincing details would help us believe her bleak background--but those quibbles shouldn't keep anyone from reading this book. Good plot twists and a great noir ending seal the deal. Gran's previous books (Saturn's Return to New York, 2001; Come Closer, 2003) are in very different styles; perhaps she's finding herself in crime. Keir Graff
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  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (February 6, 2007)
  • Publication Date: February 6, 2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SEGX86
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After reading Sara Gran's Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead--a smart, alternative noir mystery--I was left craving for more. Dope, an earlier novel with some of the same gritty vibe, is set in the petty thieving underworld of 1950's New York, a place that in no way resembles anything from Happy Days. Josephine, a former addict, straight for two years, is just getting by picking pockets and shoplifting jewelry when she is paid a colossal pile of cash by a distraught couple who wants her to locate their drug addicted, college drop-out daughter. Using all her former drug connections and street smarts, Josephine is closing in when she discovers she has been betrayed by someone who must know her well, but who? Dope winds around, filled with twists and reversals, right down to its startling culmination.
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I liked this book more than I had anticipated. Sara Gran is an author I had not heard of but one that I can appreciate. Josephine is a strong leading character in that her addiction, her desire for more junk after two years of "clean living," as well as the toxic relationships with acquaintances from the underground of the dope world ring true and are believable. However, the descriptions of her shoplifting sprees and her relationship with her model sister seem undeveloped. These are key to Josephine's character and to the plot; and I believe that Gran could have "connected the dots" to create an intertwining of the chords of the characters and the impact of the events of their lives that are essential to their growth and as well as to their demise. We are, after all, either shaped by our experiences or our left to our own misshapen selves always moving toward the center of darkness or in light. The novel is realistic in reflecting such an idea.

I found the plot to be entertaining and her characters, especially the Hell's Kitchen crowd, were strong. However, the ending was a disappointment and the foundation for the wrap up was in no way sufficient enough to support the strengths of other parts of the book.

I would read the book again and I would recommend it to a friend because of its images of the palatable pain that the characters exude in their addiction and the ensuing fractured existence.

It is engaging and, especially for a new author, ambitious and raw. However, my recommendation would come with the warning not to lean on the ending and not to expect everything to be connected by a cohesive unending thread.
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If you like your heroin lit. with a dash of noir, this is your book. Sleazy con artists, pimps, prostitutes and a pretty sister color this imaginative novel about an ex-junkie on the hunt for a missing girl. Gran’s book is like having a friend blindfold you and walk you carefully down the sidewalk before she gives you a rough spin and a push into oncoming traffic. It’s good like that.
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Todd Haynes is turning this short novel into a film (with Julianne Moore, I believe, as the lead). It's a quick read, taking us back to an Raymond Chandler era. The story-telling is smart and intelligent. Be prepared for some twists and turns in this wonderfully-told tale of Josephine, struggling with a past of substance abuse and trying to make her way in the world without ending up back in her old shoes. I read it a few years ago, but re-read it recently, imagining it's filmic qualities.
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The grim, gritty story of Josephine Flanagan, an ex-junkie turned private eye in 1950's NYC, who is hired to find a Barnard dropout - who her parents think is on "dope".

What starts out as a straightforward case - like most detective noir - turns out to be anything but. Tightly plotted, well written. Lots of details of addiction and the seedy, sad life which follows. No one escapes, even when they think they have, and "Joe" finds herself suffering betrayal after betrayal even to the very last page. I never saw the ending coming.

I loved this story. Her writing was mesmerizing, and the characters will stay with me for a long time.

It reminds me quite a bit of the movie Chinatown; if you liked that you'll like this as well.
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Only if you have not recently read Hammett, Chandler and co could you be satisfied with this unpersuasive rehash of the American post-war 'noir' thriller. Gran may love the sassy language of this period, and find echoes of its dark wit, but she brings nothing sufficiently new to the genre to make this exercise worthwhile. Many classic genre novels were actually quite ropy in the plot department, but Gran seems to think this an excuse to follow suit, and hers is thin to a degree that most contempory crime writers would find unacceptable. Being a contemporary novel there is more drugs and more in-your-face nastiness than in noir novels of the past; but all that kind of thing is handled with far more panache and impact by James Ellroy ('LA Confidential', 'The Black Dahlia', 'The Big Nowhere' etc.).

I enjoyed Gran's last short novel, 'Come Closer', although that too suffered from a lack of story development, hence its extreme brevity. But this is a step in the wrong direction.
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Dope bring us Josephine “Joe” Flannigan, a grafter pickpocket and ex-drug addicted prostitute. She’s called on by a couple to find their daughter who’s hooked on heroin and hsd disappesred after being kicked out of Barnard. But things go terribly wrong and Flannigan is suddenly fighting to survive. Sara Gran’s plot and character evoke the noirish sensibilities of lower class 1950’s New York, and her fast-paced tight writing, keen observations and twisting plot bring to mind John D. MacDonald, among other.
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