Blanche Lake is very frightened and very disturbed.
Though little physical violence is present in the novel, Piper brutally deals with the psychological violence that is a common theme throughout her noir thrillers.
Evelyn Piper was Merriam Modell’s pen name. She has also been referred to as Miriam Levant, the name she was given on her birth in Manhattan in 1908. Her novel The Innocent – a domestic suspense novel was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and Bunny Lake is Missing was made into a Hollywood film.
Jennifer Rockwell, the Femme Fatale in this contemporary novel is dead and it is up to Detective Mike Hoolihan- an emasculated female detective (“If you take intelligence from me, if you take it from my face, then you really don’t leave me with very much at all.”) – to find out why.
Night Train is Martin Amis’ literary police procedural crime novel and true to literary type novels, character comes before plot. Hints that Jennifer Rockwell is a femme fatale are dropped throughout the novel.