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Fiction Noir

Work for a Million

The Original Novel

by (author) Eve Zaremba

cover design or artwork by Sami Kivelä

Bedside Press
Initial publish date
May 2020
Noir, Lesbian
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2020
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Helen Keremos, private eye for hire, is tired of the Toronto rat-race and is eager to return to her quiet life in Vancouver.

But the newly wealthy - and extremely beautiful - songstress Sonia Deerfield is being blackmailed by an unknown harasser and requests Helen's services as personal bodyguard and detective. The money's good, and the client is charming, so Helen reluctantly agrees. Meeting Sonia's inner circle, it's clear that someone close to the singer isn't as loyal as she believes...

With her own life soon in danger, Helen races against the clock to discover which of Sonia's friends wants her dead, before it's too late for them both.

A reprint of the long-lost classic pulp novel that features the first openly lesbian detective in fiction.

About the authors

EVE ZAREMBA is a writer, artist, and feminist activist. Born in Poland, she emigrated to Canada in 1952 and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1963. After a career in advertising, she joined the founding collective of Broadside feminist newspaper. Eve is the author of the Helen Keremos mystery series and The Privilege of Sex: a century of Canadian women. She lives in Toronto with her spouse, Ottie Lockey. Visit her website at

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Editorial Reviews

"A fast-paced thriller with a female detective who's a cross between Philp Marlowe and Lily Tomlin. The one-liners alone are worth the trip." - Margaret Atwood

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