RARA-AVIS: male/female

From: Carrie Pruett ( pruettc@hotmail.com)
Date: 26 Aug 2001

Mark wrote:
>Other than white males, descriptions of most other PIs are prefaced by
>that which makes them different from that norm. And even the white PIs
>are often reduced to a single unusual trait -- Dan Fortune is a
>one-armed PI.

Mark I see your point. I was actually specifically referring to Jim's comment about female PIs as "poachers" in male territory; I think there was a bit of a misunderstanding about his meaning there, but we have discussed this offlist and I HOPE that we have things straight. I did want to comment that I'm really enjoying this list and didn't mean to come on and start yelling at people. I do think that I misinterpreted Jim's statement and tried to be too cute in my reply, but I hope we've all buried the hatchet at this point.

I do think that female writers/protagonists are as much the rule as the exception now so I don't see the emphasis on "woman detective" with current books as much as the first Muller/Grafton/Paretskys. But i can see how such series seem like an aberration if the "classic" PI story is the measuring stick.

My local used book store does shelve male and female crime writers separately - which bugs the heck out of me, but what can you do? It did amuse me not long ago to see Rennie Airth, who I am fairly but not completely sure is male, shelved with woman writers.

I've actually never read Paretsky; this thread is encouraging me to give her a try. I was turned off long ago by seeing portions of the Kathleen Turner flick, but hearing that this wasn't a very good representation, I will try the books.

"Is that what you do for a living?" she asked. "Find folks?"
"Sometimes," I said. "Other times I just look."
-James Crumley, "The Last Good Kiss"

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