Friday, January 06, 2023

Four of the best novels with nuanced portrayals of sex workers

Adele Parks is the #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of twenty novels, including Lies Lies Lies and Just My Luck, as well as I Invited Her. Just My Luck is currently in development to be made into a movie.

[The Page 69 Test: I Invited Her InMy Book, The Movie: I Invited Her InQ&A with Adele ParksThe Page 69 Test: Lies, Lies, LiesMy Book, The Movie: Lies, Lies, LiesMy Book, The Movie: Just My Luck]

Parks's new novel is One Last Secret.

At CrimeReads Parks tagged "some of the best fictional portrayals of sex workers, and asks why the media so often relies on stereotype." One novel on her list:
These Women by Ivy Pochoda

A crime thriller about a serial killer targeting sex workers in a neighborhood in Los Angeles. Pochoda cleverly provides a sophisticated feminist analysis on the consequences of disregarding violence against sex workers.
Read about another novel Parks tagged at CrimeReads.

These Women is among Alex Kenna's five top modern LA noir books by women writers, Meg Gardiner's six favorite crime fiction books, Eliza Jane Brazier's ten top thrilling stories of Los Angeles, Stephen Miller's favorite crime titles of 2020 and Smith Henderson and Jon Marc Smith's ten American masterpieces that are actually crime fiction.

The Page 69 Test: These Women.

--Marshal Zeringue