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It’s the summer of 1947 in San Francisco and Grace “Ace” Springfield is sick of boring cases. Her boss, private detective Mel Gance, is depressed. Following the events of a clear case, his insides are in a knot. And Ace feels like her hands are tied. Something’s gotta give. In a last-ditch attempt to free Gance, Ace takes the case of a missing man with a grandmother and a past. Facing the ultimate ultimatum, Gance must follow the the clues to union interests, confidence games, patriotism, self deception, and Wendy the Welder. If Gance can’t untie his hitch, he may have to cut it off. For failing this to solve this case could very well mean losing his pocket Ace.

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The Halyard Hitch

Book II of The Gance and Grace Mysteries will be on sale October 21st, 2016!

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In San Francisco’s summer of 1947, Grace “Ace” Springfield is sick of boring cases. Her boss, private detective Mel Gance, is depressed. Following the events of a clear case, his insides are in a knot. And Ace feels like her hands are tied. Something’s gotta give. In a last-ditch attempt to free Gance, Ace takes the case of a missing man with a grandmother and a past. Facing the ultimate ultimatum, Gance must follow clues to union interests, confidence games, patriotism, self-deception, and Wendy the Welder. If Gance can’t untie his hitch, he may have to cut it off. For failing to solve this case could very well mean losing his pocket Ace.

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The Halyard Hitch is the second book in The Gance and Grace Mysteries. This series evokes the imagery, language, and aesthetics of film noir while exploring the historical world of post-war San Francisco. You may imagine the city at this time in black, white, and shades of gray. Gance and Grace analyze tone and value just as they do clues and testimony. Their mysteries mix and challenge the hardboiled detective and film noir genres, revealing more of the annals of history and how we choose to read them.

The Clear Case 2? You bet!

The Clear Case has a sequel in the works. It is called…. The Halyard Hitch. It takes place six months after the events of The  Clear Case and will feature much more Grace Springfield!

Updates to this site will be relatively sparse. Soon information on The Clear Case series, or The Gance and Grace Mysteries, will be available on the main Stephanie Edd /She Sedd Press website. Check back soon for links and updates as they come in.

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Bourbon and Whiskey: An Historical Ramble ’til 1947

bourbon ladiesAmerican whiskey and bourbon in the 1940s is actually a pretty interesting way to look at how the United States directed private companies to dedicate resources to the war effort. It’s also an interesting way to look at the intersection between government, economics, and culture.

The production of bourbon and whiskey was halted in order to produce fuel and penicillin for the military. It’s similar to how silk stockings went out so that the silk could be used to make parachutes. Pocket nail files were banned from production, scrap metal was collected, and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese held sway because of the limitations on dairy.

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Gance’s Neighborhood: The Corner of Real and Illusion

Mel Gance lives at Bush and Taylor, right in the Union Square neighborhood of San Francisco. Though I invented two fictional buildings in which Gance lives and works, I wanted to place him strategically in a district that embodies the temporary quality of the city that I described in a previous post, while also providing a contrast in the stability of being a landmark that’s considered permanent.

Christmas Cone, 1940

Christmas Cone, 1940

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Good Graces

Behold, the thing that will give your Friday meaning: Good Graces!

On Free Comic Book Day in May 2014, I set up a table at Fantastic Comics of Berkeley and gave away copies of this comic to tease readers for The Clear Case. It depicts a scene alluded to, but not shown, in the novel. Check it out and get to know Grace “Ace” Springfield and decipher a few clues about a Clear Case!

Click the cover below:

Good Graces