Re: RARA-AVIS: Bookstore Categories

John Woolley (
Wed, 20 Jan 1999 09:38:29 -0700 (MST) I was in a used paperback store the other day that had
mysteries oddly separated into two sections -- "Mysteries, Male
Authors" and "Mysteries, Female Authors". Most hardboiled
stuff, of course, is written by men (and I'm sure the store
would have put Vin Packer and Leigh Brackett in the male
section, as they had P. D. James!), but it still struck me as a
less-than-useful division. There were a few Donald Hamiltons
in a "Men's Adventure" section, all of which I bought,
including a volume entitled _Murder Twice Told_ comprising two
hardboiled late-1940s novellas, "Deadfall" and "The Black Cross".

-- Fr. John Woolley
"Gats, not cats."

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