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A reader says, "I love Stasi in Steel Blues! I want to know -- who is she really? Where is she from and what's her real name? Are we going to find that out in the next book? I think Stasi and Mitch had sparks. Are they going to get together?"

Stasi! She is a woman of mystery, isn't she? (Now I'm visualizing Stasi meeting Austin Powers. The results are not pretty....)

We will definitely find out more about Stasi in the next book, though certainly not everything. Her real name is neither Ivanova or Rostov, and no, she's not Russian. Mitch's guesses are closer to the mark.

There are some sparks there, aren't there? *beams* But as you can guess from Jeff's revelations about Mitch, there are some good reasons why he's not about to pursue a relationship with Stasi or anyone else. But there's definitely a mutual attraction.

What do you guys think about Stasi? What do you think about Stasi/Mitch?

There may be spoilers in comments!


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Mar. 14th, 2013 12:26 pm (UTC)
I do like Stasi. She comes across as having this internal moral code of her own (like when she talked about having to go back to New Orleans to speak for the dead who helped her). But I do like how it's flexible :). She is out for herself but not in an....injurious way, if that makes sense?

She is good for Mitch. Sometimes someone needs a little push to make them try on a different point of view and I think she did that for him. There was no long, involved talk about anything Jeff had revealed that brought them to any kind of "understanding" but I think they both connect on a level they might not quite understand yet. Both of them have old physical or emotional injuries which kind of creates a shorthand between them - they get each other even if they don't necessarily know why.

Hope to see more of them!
Mar. 18th, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
Stasi definitely has an internal moral code. She's not amoral. She'd say she's immoral, but she has her code. For example, she doesn't think that stealing jewelry from a millionaire is wrong, but she'd never steal money from Alma.

I think you're right that they connect. They get each other, as you say. And no, they haven't "talked about it" but they're on the same page, and maybe this could turn into something. Not that he thinks it can, but maybe he'd like it to!
Mar. 14th, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad - and wholly unsurprised - that Stasi is getting a following. She's just so feisty! She's exactly the kind of woman I'd like to see in a serial from the '30s. She is the other end of the spectrum from Alma in terms of her feminine wiles and her reluctance to be put in a box. She and Alma are yin and yang, and I like how the guys quickly learn to just try and keep the peace between them. ;D
Mar. 18th, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
Stasi and Alma are really different archetypes, and I think one of the really interesting things is writing them as friends rather than rivals. There's nothing in the world they'd compete for!
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