Weekend Reads: “Die on Your Feet”

I had the pleasure of meeting author S.G. Wong at Left Coast Crime earlier this year. She participated in an excellent panel on noir fiction, and I decided to grab one of her books. I’m glad I did!

Die on Your Feet (Lola Starke, #1)Die on Your Feet by S.G. Wong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars

Private investigator Lola Starke has more problems than should be allowed: her Ghost, Aubrey, is always in a huff about something. One client has hired her to find a missing person, and another has hired her to tail the first client. Everyone is up to no good, including her mother’s ghostly lover, the Mayor of Crescent City.

Set in an alternate 1930s, S.G. Wong’s noir detective tale is unlike anything else I’ve read. Her Crescent City is a setting where people of Chinese descent are in the majority, being Haunted is the norm (some people can see the ghosts, other can’t), and everyone seems to have their finger in the pot of organized crime.

I enjoyed the book, and found the characters well-rounded. There were some editorial issues that cost the book half a star for me, as they sometimes affected continuity and I had to double-check that I had the sense of the action.

And there is action aplenty. Those who like their “whodunnits” on the gritty side are sure to enjoy this book.

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3 thoughts on “Weekend Reads: “Die on Your Feet”

  1. In the 1930s there was a fairly vibrant Chinese community. They weren’t dominant, but they were there, first near the CBD and later on Bourbon Street
    Most of the Chinese people moved to Kenner or the Westbank.


      1. The two Chinatowns in Nola were not near tracks. As I know it, Chinese communities grew near tracks in other places because the Chinese either worked for railroads or served the rr workers, with prepared food, or sold raw food.

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