RE: RARA-AVIS: In a Lonely Place with Dorothy L. Hughes

Date: 24 May 2001

Mark writes about Hughes viz In a Lonely Place,

One thing just struck me, though, about this generation of female hardboiled writers, they had male protagonists -- Hughes, Leigh Brackett; does the same apply to Hitchens?

Don't know the answer to that one, but it is certainly true that Hughes' writing clearly matures, in The Fallen Sparrow, when she makes a male the focal character. She seems to have more freedom in choosing moral and psychological tendencies,whereas similar tendencies, especially the moral ones, are typed in female characters. The earnest protagonist and her murderous sister in The So Blue Marble, for instance. Or the blond socialite and the dark-haired, loyal companion in Ride the Pink Horse.

Bill Hagen

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