Music:"Jubilee Stomp", Duke Ellington and His Cotton Club Orchestra
Female police detectives in the 1950s
My idea is this: I have a young (20s) policewoman who has made the detective bureau and (at least ostensibly) provides a role model for other policewomen and proto-feminists and gains much publicity as a hero cop (though she turns out to be a bigger gangster than a lot of the guys she busts). In addition, as well as being tough and strong, she is incredibly sexy and is not averse to using her sex appeal to her advantage (not necessarily using her sexual favours as a bargaining chip so much as the possibility thereof, using her beauty as well as her wits to get ahead). It's the early to mid-1950s and she's with the NYPD.
I've googled the necessary keywords, and from what I can glean so far, she'd have to be either with narcotics or pickpocketing, and it'll be 1970 before she has the same pay, the same opportunities and the same prospects for advancement as her male counterparts. (Could less pay for female cops be a motivating factor for corruption)?
Basically, what I'm interested in is how likely is my scenario? Is it a viable premise for a novel?