But no matter, here it is, the first review on a vintage read in months. As promised, up for discussion is Robert D. Andrews’ One Girl Found, published in 1930.
The Mach Tey cover art best exemplifies the principle of the sequel. It’s okay on its own, but quickly fades in comparison to the original Three Girls Lost cover. Also, for the longest time I thought the cover depicted two people in a convertible and it took me two hundred thirty-nine pages to figure out this is actually a boat chase being illustrated. What I did pick up right away was Marcia the protagonist’s dark hair, which is not in any away accurate to both books’ tendency to ramble on about how blonde Marcia is.
Set a year after the end of Three Girls Lost, One Girl Found picks up shortly before Marcia loses all her money in a scam. While the original book sparkled with new adventure for three girls, the sequel instead starts with the sociopath of the group hitting bottom. Following that is a description of how she slowly runs out of any money and starves, unable to find work. She then asks a rich man out to dinner for a meal and he doesn’t realize his date is starving. Instead of feeding her, this man buys champagne and insists on dancing. Marcia faints, and it is revealed that she can no longer afford to feed herself.
That’s great and all, except it’s been done before, or later, or both. That entire set up, including the date fainting, is identical to the one towards the end of No Such Girl. I suspect a cliché here.
Recovering from a scam that just rocked her world, Marcia immediately dives into getting involved with a Chicago gangster’s shady business venture of starting an over-priced school for models. She continues to associate with an older rich man from the end of The Girls Lost as well as the sketchy “stock broker” who is obviously bad news. All the while her inner monologue rambles about hating men and how to get even. Then she meets Jerry, who is a complete fumbling idiot in one chapter and then suddenly a suave, rich cowboy with a boat a bit later on.
The school for models is in a haunted house or something, with strange noises and a machine gun lying around. One of the women working for the school disappears while spending the night in the house. Immediately following this, Marcia moves into the house, because this is obviously a good idea. The flawless plan works out so that gangsters are smuggling drugs from within the walls of the house in the middle of the night, and Marcia decides to remove her shoes before running out after them. At this point, Jerry has staked out the place with his older cowboy dad, who is there to turn what transpires into a western chase scene.
Surprise surprise, Marcia ends up marrying the cowboy instead of the awkward older rich man who has been funding all her adventures up to this point. The older man is a “good loser,” and Marcia’s abducted co-worker is recovered. Noreen and Gordon from Three Girls Lost are expecting a baby, Marcia has ended up with a cowboy, and nobody knows what has happened to Edna, as she wasn’t even mentioned in the sequel.
Copies of Robert D. Andrews’ works are available for purchase here.