• Jill Dearman

    Historical Crime Fiction with a Subversive Twist

A gender-swapped reimagining of the infamous Leopold and Loeb 1924 Chicago murder case, Jazzed casts the true crime with two rich, brilliant college women at the center, against the backdrop of Jazz Age New York City. Wilhelmina “Will” Reinhardt and Dorothy “Dolly” Raab develop an obsessive secret romance as freshman roommates at Barnard College. They share a passion for jazz and a sense of outrage at the hypocrisy of the racist, homophobic, misogynist world they were born into. The convergence of cultural crises and ecstatic hedonism serve as the match which sets off the murder they commit. Juxtaposing the thrilling scientific breakthroughs in quantum physics and artistic explosion of the Harlem Renaissance with the bigoted pseudoscience of eugenics and anti-immigration fervor that also defined the era, the novel brings to life the extremist threads of the 1920s that all too closely mirror the polarized times we live in now.


Coming July 2022
from Vine Leaves Press

  • Praise for The Great Bravura:
    Brutal and magical and sexy as hell. Dearman’s noir voice shatters boundaries I never knew existed.
    AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS, Author: Running With Scissors
  • Praise for The Great Bravura:
    A rich, noirish picture of Olde New York with a punk sensibility that rocks the senses. Dearman’s characters are twisted, doomed, with a lust for life.
    ROBERTA BAYLEY, punk photographer, author
  • Praise for The Great Bravura:
    Jill Dearman is the new Queen of Noir.
    Go Magazine
  • Praise for The Great Bravura:
    A Colette martini with a drop of Robbe-Grillet vermouth and a Jeanette Winterson olive.
    MICHAEL ATKINSON, film critic, author: Exile Cinema

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