Episode 35: Interview with author Halley Sutton

In this Noirvember episode Laura-Celest talks to author Halley Sutton about her debut noir thriller The Lady Upstairs.


Book cover for The Lady Upstairs. The text is in yellow, it shows a woman wearing sunglasses. She is pink and purple.

A modern-day noir featuring a twisty cat-and-mouse chase, this dark debut thriller tells the story of a woman who makes a living taking down terrible men…then finds herself in over her head and with blood on her hands. The only way out? Pull off one final con. 


  • One of PopSugar’s “Most Exciting Books of Fall 2020”
  • One of CrimeReads “Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020

“Sharp as a stiletto and twice as sexy,  The Lady Upstairs is the smart, sultry noir we need right now. Sutton’s feminist femme fatale heroine will seduce and intoxicate you, and you’ll love every second of it.”- -Layne Fargo, author of Temper

“Halley Sutton’s The Lady Upstairs feels like an instant classic. The noir tale of a woman who delivers her own brand of vigilante justice to the most disgusting men in Los Angeles is full of shocking twists and turns that will leave you gasping — and turning the pages.”– Popsugar 

“[A] sizzling debut. . . Sutton’s assured and moody prose often channels the best classic LA noir, but this deliciously tawdry and twisty tale is entirely her own. Readers who savor crime stories featuring complex, unapologetic women will be hooked. A scorching, knockout noir from an author to watch.” –Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


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Books talked about:

Walking Through Needles by Heather Levy

They Never Learn by Layne Fargo

Queenpin by Megan Abbot

Miami Purity by Vicki Hendricks

Sunburn by Laura Lippman 

Double Indemnity by James M. Cain

The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

The Feather Theif by Kirk W. Johnson

My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbot

Dare Me by Megan Abbot

Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry

Movies Talked About:


Body Heat

L.A. Confidential

Crime of Passion

Noir Archive Collection Vol. 1 1944-1954

The Blue Dahlia


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