DeKok and the Somber Nude

DeKok and the Somber Nude

Paperback - 2007
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"Thrill-seeking women leading double lives--accountant by day, hell on wheels by night--will find a great introduction to derby history here, from its early days to the '70s RollerJam heights to its new punk-queer aesthetic in the modern revival. There are also player vignettes, rule breakdowns, definitions of derby slang and lots of pictures to accompany Mabe's semi-fanatical text."-- Curve

Scores of American women are leading double lives. By day they are librarians, financial analysts, bartenders, teachers, and even mothers; by night their athletic alter egos assume their authority with monikers such as Helen Wheels, Dirty Britches, Anna Mosity, and Assaultin' Pepa. They lace up their skates, slide into racy racing uniforms, and adorn a full set of protective gear. One of America's greatest sports is back--roller derby.
In Roller Derby, readers will encounter roller derby in its various incarnations, from the original Depression-era games through the days of Roller Jam to its current revival.
What started as a dance-a-thon-style test of endurance has evolved into a unique sport that exemplifies point-scoring, body-checking, speed, blood, punches, and miles and miles of personality and style. Punctuated throughout the book are derby vignettes: stories from old-school and new-school girls, the process of selecting a derby name and style, the artistic element to logos and uniforms, so-gruesome-you-just-have-to-look injuries, what's legal during a bout and--more importantly--what's not, and much more.
Encircling the story of roller derby are vintage promo paraphernalia and histori-cal photographs, as well as stunning, full-color and black-and-white, modern-day shots of the women, the bouts, and the sport.

Publisher: Golden [CO] : Speck Press, 2007.
ISBN: 9781933108117
Characteristics: 216 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Smittenaar, H. G.


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Feb 04, 2020

I agree the title does not fit but I do like the location and detectives. I knew who the killer was because of a striking clue early on. Also, the lack of questioning of a key character by the detectives was a red herring. It did have a twist at the end that is not that believable.

Dec 21, 2017

The book cover shown and description don't agree with title and author selected.

Dec 18, 2017

The Dekok series is always engaging. We highly recommend it.


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