My Treasured Tropes, #1: The Dubious Deal

I am starting a new series here that I’m calling My Treasured Tropes. Instead of reviewing one book or film, I’ll be gathering together several works that center around or include one plot device that I find fascinating or arousing. (Mostly arousing). A trope is not necessarily a cliché. It can mean something that is part of a larger pattern within a genre; similarities. Familiarities, to regular readers. Every genre has them—the alluring femme fatale who is not so helpless as she seems in Noir and Mystery, for example. In many erotic stories in which someone enters a new world…