Re: RARA-AVIS: HB women

From: Maura McMillan (
Date: 16 Dec 2000

 I can't think of
>too many books that have been written about this milieu without
>sentimentalizing it or viciously caricaturing the girls. Probably need a
>female author....a GOOD female writer..... to even try.
> Actually, and I don't mean to offend the ladies of Rara- Avis, I think
>the best drawn women in HB are the slightly murderous and sexually complex
>young things in the James M. Cain books. They manage to be scary but also to
>be comprehensible and sympathetic.
>i agree with both these comments -- i rant constantly to anyone who will
listen that the best hardboiled female voice hasn't appeared yet -- it is something that is evolving right now. cain comes aboslutely the closest -- although as i have ranted before, leigh brackett was the best, but chose to write in a male voice. if only --

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