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A fun, fast-paced novel suitable for readers who appreciate grit, sarcasm, mystery, and dimension-hopping... blurs genre lines, combining a hard-boiled detective story with urban fantasy... Like any good noir story, the narrative is told from a first-person perspective, and Nica is a chatty narrator with an irreverent, self-deprecating sense of humor. Having a female detective in this genre is a refreshing change from the usual, and the conversational tone of the writing makes it all easily digestible... Perry also has a flair for detailed, unique similes.
- Kirkus Reviews
A strong female lead who kicks some serious behind... Defies genre norms and takes the reader on an epic journey. - Write On! Indie Book Reviews
Now this is Urban Fantasy the way I like to see it done: immediate, perfect suspension of disbelief, widely divergent characters fully delineated, complex and riveting story lines, writing so good the pages practically turn themselves.
- Mallory Heart Reviews
The FRAME world and its implications in the noir mystery genre could make quite an interesting crossover genre series... If you like fantasy and parallel worlds, pick up Nica of Los Angeles today. - Rabid Readers
Perry has a unique voice. - Big Al's Books and Pals
Nica's wit and sense of humour (even in dangerous situations) came across perfectly... A very clever and gripping novel. - Shari Sakurai Book Reviews
An unusual and intriguing piece of speculative fiction. - Land of Midnight Days
From the Author
It all started at a high school track. I went by a hurdle and imagined its reaction to getting kicked and knocked; I wondered if the hurdle played favorites - did it ever stretch up or hunker down (ever so slightly, no one would notice) as a runner passed overhead? Nearby, the gymnasium pulsed with cheers during a basketball game, and suddenly I saw the years of endless games and assemblies from the gym's perspective.
That first notion of seemingly insentient stuff with its own life and attitude evolved into the FRAMES quartet of books. No track hurdles or high school gymnasiums yet grace the cast, but I'm just finishing book 2 - with two more volumes to go, who knows? After all, in the world of FRAMES, anything is possible somewhere.
I do feel a debt to that hurdle and that gym so maybe I should include them. Writing FRAMES has been a blast, Nica is great fun to have around, and, above all, I'm grateful for the enthusiasm so many readers have shared about FRAMES.
Ever give points just for its uniqueness? I knew I would from almost the first page of Nica of Los Angeles. In fact, that uniqueness nearly had me closing the book and moving on. What a loss that would have been! Instead, I substituted Frames with the thought of other dimensions. I could hear one of the scientists on the Science Channel talking about how another dimension would be as close as a breath away from us. Plopping that bit of science into my understanding of the story helped me believe.
Once one can embrace the unbelievability of this story, it becomes quite exciting. The characters are well developed and likable. Even Watts Towers. It is fun to visit familiar parts of LA the one in this reality and what it might be like in other dimensions.
It has been a couple days since I finished the story. I haven't known exactly what to say about it and I have been trying to figure that out since I started reading it. By the way, I received the free version of the book from the author for an honest review. But I bought the $.99 at Amazon so I could read it from any of my readers. As I have stated above, I loved the story and the characters.
If you think you've had weird days at work, wait till you read about Nica's day. It starts with three new sets of clients for her new private eye business: pushy godparents looking for their missing goddaughter, a couple of sinister meth heads, and an otherworldly pair with strange abilities, and ends up with Nica embarking on an adventure through parallel worlds filled with talking buildings and murderous books to uncover and stop a danger that brings all three of her cases together and threatens all the dimensions. Witty, cerebral, surreal, terrifying, and entirely original urban fantasy/mystery. Highly recommended.
I loved it! Nica of Los Angeles is a riveting ride from beginning to end! I'm immediately drawn to the quirky, smart, funny character of Nica and her chaotic life as a private detective as she navigates her personal life as well as learning that she is a neutral and the unique ability she has to travel to alternate dimensions, also known as the Frames. Sue Perry does a superb job creating multi-dimensional characters as well as painting this fantasy world of the frames. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an intriguing, suspenseful read!
For me this is one of those stories where the fictional-fantasy elements seem totally believable. As I read I found myself thinking and feeling like someone who'd been in an unfamiliar, dark room full of unknown Stuff - and suddenly the lights come on, and everything is made clear. The characters are full of life and I had no trouble connecting, both good and evil. The story line covers a lot of territory but always goes deep enough to satisfy without any sense of slogging. No loose ends yet clearly room for more-to-come. Very much looking forward to the next book!
(FTC: I received this book from the author. And I thank her in advance for trust and generosity. However, I was not compensated otherwise and my opinions are my own. Now you know, and knowing's half the battle ;) )
I have to say I feel that this is one of the BEST books I have read this year, and that's saying a lot because dystopian is not a favorite genre. Dystopian crime mystery? Really? The first thing I said when I finished this ( and it wasn't necessarily an easy one day read) was:" I can hardly wait to read the next one!".
Veronica (Nica) Static of Los Angeles:A budding detective who inherits her office with a 99 year lease from her uncle, but hasn't gotten her license yet, and who lives in her office (shhhh! Don't tell), is hired by other "Frame" dwellers to investigate otherworldly goings on in her L.A. Anya and Anwyl introduce the idea of 'other frames' or other ways of looking at the same things, other aspects of the same reality. (The influx of cash doesn't hurt her bottom line either) With their help she sets about learning what is sensient, what is true, and that right may not be best.
Soon after I started this, I found I had to start looking up landmarks to see if they actually existed ( hey, I'm from Rhode Island). I adored the connections with architecture and art and how much Nica loves her city: from Watts Towers to Shastina, how divergence is as beautiful as sameness, and how Nica never loses her sense of humor or her wonder.
And finally, this storyline is reminiscent (IMHO) of Garisson Keilor's: Guy Noir, Private Eye.... as silly as some ideas may seem, stay open to the possibilites....
I love a book that defies genres and this is one that defies splendidly. Part pulp detective, part fantasy, part chick lit, with a dash of comedy to tie it all together, Nica of Los Angeles is an adventure from the very first page. No really, you may find yourself inexplicably exhausted after reading the first chapter. So much happens in so few words that I felt much like I do when I've had more caffeine than is advisable. Nica is a private investigator who doesn't let things like licenses and experience stand between her and a case. Throughout, she muses about what several fictitious private eyes would do in her situation, but Sam Spade never had the opportunity to converse with the Maltese Falcon. Nica, on the other hand, finds herself speaking with several objects that we here in the neutral frames think of as inanimate. And you will find yourself wishing you could do the same. The story, with its many twists and turns, has me hooked. All of the characters are well written and have the kind of personalities that make you want to learn as much as you can about them. And the names. I can't end this review without talking about the laugh-until-you-snort way Nica translates the names of the characters from other frames that she can't quite parse into English. Well deserving of five stars. I can't wait to see what happens next.