Strings Attached is by Judy Blundell. An excellent work of historical fiction set in New York City and Providence, Rhode Island in the late 1940s and 1950. Kit Corrigan arrives in New York from Providence to pursue a career on the stage. Her boyfriend, Billy, has enlisted and is preparing to ship out to Korea. His father, with whom he is estranged, is the lawyer for several mob bosses. He makes Kit a deal--he'll give her an apartment and introduce her to a new crowd. All she has to do is keep him informed about Billy . . . and maybe do him a favor every now and then. Once she takes the deal Nate offers, how does she get out?
Ratings: 9th grade - 9 out of 10 - AC (some mature thematic content).