TONY KENRICK – The Chicago Girl. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, hardcover, 1976. Berkley, paperback.

   The first line sets the tone: “He’d always said that older hookers were better value; they knew more tricks.”

   The idea is to find a Vassar girl willing to impersonate a prostitute realistically enough to con a fence out of a $800,000 emerald necklace. It’s a dangerous business, with plenty of authentic New York City street life as backdrop. Of course it’s going to be movie. Some of the complications are seen coming, but once you’re hooked, Kendrick has you all the way. A wild finish.

Rating: A minus.

–Slightly revised from The MYSTERY FANcier, Vol. 1, No. 2, March 1977.


UPDATE. While a couple of Kenrick’s books were made into movies, The Chicago Girl was not one of them.