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“For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences,” … Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Memoir Mondays... Detectives Don't Wear Seat Belts by Cici McNair

Cici McNair is a Female P.I.
And This is the story of Her Life & Adventures as a Female Detective...

I received this book last week in the mail to review and can't wait to dive in! It's the true story of Cici McNair, who's life seems to be one big adventure and who then makes the decision to become a P.I. The first crack of the spine convinced me this is going to be a great read! Cici comes across as funny, yet sincere. Her writing is great. And if I didn't know it was a true story I would think this would be a Stephanie Plum adventure! So, this week I'll be learning all the in's and out's of P.I. work with Cici, with a review to follow. In the meantime I wanted to share Detectives Don't Wear Seat Belts by Cici McNair with you for Memoir Mondays! Here's what the book's inside jacket has to say...

Growing up in Mississippi, Cici McNair was always more the tomboy her mother supported than the Southern belle her father demanded. She escaped her suffocating upbringing the first chance she had to travel the world. Whether working at the Vatican in Rome or consorting with a gunrunner in Haiti, she lived a life of international adventure. When Cici finds herself in New York, divorced, broke, and fashionably starving to death in a Madison Avenue apartment, she impulsively decides to become a private detective.

But, as Cici soon learns, the world of P.I.s is tight-knit and made up almost exclusively of former law enforcement officers. By nature, they are a highly suspicious group and are especially wary of a newcomer with an untraceable past. Diligently working her way through the Yellow Pages, doggedly pursuing the slightest lead, Cici is finally hired by a private investigator willing to take a chance. The next day she's working side by side with a pair of seasoned detectives and a skip tracer who is scary to meet but like silk on the phone. She quickly realizes she'll need all her energy and wits to succeed in this new world.

Being a private investigator is as exciting and liberating as Cici ever dreamed, from creating a false identity on the spot on her first case in the field to surviving adrenaline-rushing car chases. Working with law enforcement, she goes undercover, dealing with the ruthless Born to Kill gang in Chinatown and the Middle Eastern counterfeiters west of Broadway. A detailed account of the hidden world and real-life cases of a P.I., this action-packed memoir is as entertaining as any detective novel you've ever read.

5 comments:

Julie P said...

This sounds funny--can't wait for your review!

Suzanne said...

Hi Julie!
After just glancing through and reading the first chapter I thought the same thing! I couldn't believe it was NON-fiction! :-)

The Reading Reviewer said...

I read and reviewed this book and it is so amazing. It is written so truthfully you almost wish it were fiction. Mary Gramlich is The Reading Reviewer at www.marygramlich.com

Suzanne said...

Hi Mary!
Thanks for stopping by and sharing! I can't wait to start reading it! I originally had to give it another look thinking I misunderstood that it was TRUE!

John said...

One gushing reader doesn't make up the majority but I am certainly gripped by a gripping tale of secrecy yet again, this is a dangerous duel of nerve and wits with a secretive enemy all across the world in Deliver Us From Evil by David Baldacci.

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