Guy Redding was a photographer trying to make ends meet. After a few years snapping photos of bad people doing bad things, he was practically a gumshoe. And when a beautiful naked blonde crossed his path, he suddenly had a very personal mystery to solve. With the entire LA police force—and his past—out to get him, Guy had exactly two days to find answers to the questions that matter most.
The Naked Dame is my homage to the great pulp-noir paperbacks of the early-to-mid 20th century, inspired by such writers as Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler, David Goodis, and Chester Himes. Like most of those writers, I wanted to set Dame in Los Angeles, in the wake of World War II, when a bleak pessimism was just setting in. Despite that, I wanted Guy Redding to have a smirky sense of humor and a strong voice. But I also wanted to explore the traditional noir persona and not hold back when it came to the resolution of the story. My hope is that the end of The Naked Dame packs a dark wallop.
Jason Bovberg is the author of the apocalyptic horror novel BLOOD RED, its forthcoming sequel DRAW BLOOD, and the in-progress concluding volume in the BLOOD trilogy. He is also the author of the nostalgic noir THE NAKED DAME. He was the editor/publisher of Dark Highway Press, which published Robert Devereaux’s SANTA STEPS OUT and the weird-western anthology SKULL FULL OF SPURS. He lives in Colorado with his wife Barb, daughters Harper and Sophie, and a small canine named Cujo.