Reading progress update: I've read 175 out of 194 pages.

The So Blue Marble - Dorothy B. Hughes

Missy leaned to her. "No one can do anything to the twins unless they allow it."


"That can't be true." She didn't want to antagonize the little fiend, but if she could only make her understand that the two weren't invincible, that even their evilness didn't make them not human, not invulnerable, maybe even even now she could help Missy out of this hallucination. She said, "How do you think that, Missy? If they are cut shaving, don't they bleed? If they stumble, don't their ankles turn?"

Erm, are we sure this isn't a spoof of the crime noir genre?