Copyediting: Dirty Work by Jack Bludis

Dirty Work by Edgar Nominee Jack Bludis, available from Page Turner Editions.

The latest book to be released by PageTurner Editions which I copy-edited isĀ Dirty Work by Jack Bludis. It features a recurring character of his, private investigator Rick Page, but I hadn’t read anything else by Bludis before proofreading this book and I had a great time.

“We screwed three times and each time it was wham, bam, thank you ma’am.”

“There’s a lot of that goes around,” I said.

“I sure get a lot of it.”

“I didn’t mean–”

“I know.”

She took one of the chairs from under the small dining table, turned it around, and straddled it guy-style. I had a thought that she might be a lesbian, but I discounted it. I was supposed to be doing a job, but instead I was thinking about her and the smallish bed in the opposite corner of the room, but not in the wham-bam way. The bed was made neatly, but only with sheets and pillows.

Good guys don’t think about sex when they’re thinking about murder, but I’m not a good guy. What I want for myself always comes before anyone else’s needs or wants.

–excerpted from Dirty Work

The writing is pure sexy, delicious noir. Page seduces his way through Hollywood’s finest starlets, or is seduced by them, all on the way to finding out how a respectable actress ended up on pornographic photos pasted into the pages of a pulp science fiction novel. New books are sold at a discount, so it’s the perfect time to order.

Dirty Work is now available in a variety of eBook formats.

Comments (6)

  1. jack bludis wrote:


    Thanks for your to-the-point review of “Dirty Work.” I think there is more to it than just the sex, but that’s a personal bias, of course.

    The Jack Bludis pulp crime is under the name of Jack Burns and not, in my opinion, as good as “Dirty Work.”


    Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm #
  2. Kit wrote:

    @Jack: I definitely feel your novel had substance beyond the sexy, and it was not my intention to express that — I was merely trying to write a quick recommendation geared toward the particular audience of this blog.

    Anyway since then I’ve read The Big Switch and enjoyed it too — but it’s a different detective, isn’t it?

    Thanks for your comment.

    Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm #
  3. jack bludis wrote:

    Just a question … Where does
    “8,000 words” come from? “Dirty Work” is 23,000 words.

    You didn’t condense it did you?


    Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm #
  4. Kit wrote:

    @jack: Approximately 8,000 Words is the length of my short story “Borrowed Time,” which while currently in my ‘trunk’ and unpublished, was the first story I consider to be part of my modern work of writing — i.e. as a hopefully serious writer, not just my teenage attempts at dabbling. I took the name for my blog because I liked the ring of it and to honor that work even if it otherwise never sees the light of day.

    As for Dirty Work, I work for PageTurner/Renaissance Ebooks purely as a copy-editor. I give their books a final read through for any typos or grammatical errors which were missed by the author or the editor, but that’s all. It’s not my job to make any major cuts or changes. As I recall, the two novels I have worked on by you (Big Switch & Dirty Work) were among the more pleasant ones I have done — very little work to do and excellent reading material :)

    Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 9:00 pm #
  5. jack bludis wrote:

    Definitely a different detective, but with the same sensibilities.

    Sorry for the long delay in responding to that one.


    Friday, August 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm #
  6. Kit wrote:

    Thanks for commenting, Jack. I really enjoyed both detectives :)

    Friday, August 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm #