Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Noir/Short Story
Approximate word count: 8-9,000 words
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A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Marie S. Crosswell lives in Phoenix, Arizona. She has a novel, Sex Brood, also available.
Best friends and detectives for the LAPD where they’re teamed up in Central Homicide, Cary Cooper and Dwight McQueen also belong to “Containment,” a secret vigilante unit that is a shadow organization within the LAPD.
They’re not only partners at work, but in a strange way, away from work, as they’re both in love with the same woman, Nora Tate, a stripper at a local gentleman’s club. Together they form a “happy triad.” When one of Nancy’s co-workers is murdered and Containment assigns Cary and Dwight to kill the killer, things turn even stranger.
Noir typically emphasizes the dark side. The hardboiled characters aren’t above living outside the law, even when they’re the good guys. Dreamland is noir on steroids with the main characters as vigilante cops who flout society’s customs in their non-traditional relationship with a local stripper, something that would have been way outside the norms in the late 50s, when the story takes place. While short, there is plenty of character development and a plot that doesn’t leave you wanting in this unique tale of corruption and mayhem.
Some adult language and situations.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four stars