Elect H. Mouse State Judge : A sly short novel that subverts the standard noir, from one of our most inventive young writers. A terrible crime occurs in Elect H. Mouse State Judge. Two young girls are abducted and held hostage by a band of religious fanatics. The girls' anxious father, a politician on the eve of an important election, has reasons of his own not to go to the police, so he hires a pair of shady private eyes to investigate. All the elements of a standard noir - except that the kidnapped girls are mice, the abductors are Sunshine Family dolls, and the detectives are Barbie and Ken. Part 1970s childhood dreamscape, part Raymond Chandler, this is a world both familiar and transformed. Sex shops, illicit affairs, spies, political hypocrisy, and dangerous zealots may coexist with Barbie and Ken's acrobatic poolside sex - but the crises of faith Nelly Reifler's characters face are as real as our own. Elect H. Mouse State Judge is an unusual - and masterful - blend of irony and tenderness, and a moving portrayal of a father trying and failing to do the right thing.
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