Re: RARA-AVIS: Macdonald: another smoke screen

From: Al Guthrie (
Date: 02 Sep 2002

----- Original Message ----- From: "Marianne Macdonald" <>

> > ...can you suggest a contemporary woman writer whom you personally
> > think is creating good, believable male characters; and can you
> > recommend some specific books, or characters, for me to think about?

In WALKING BONES Charlotte Carter does a hell of a job on her male protagonist, Albert Press. His perverse relationship with the main female character, Nettie, is utterly convincing. This is one of my favourite books of the year. I can't comment on the noir/hardboiled status of Carter's Nanette Hayes mysteries, but WALKING BONES (which is a standalone) is noir at its undiluted best. A brave piece of writing (and yet another brave piece of publishing from Serpents Tail).


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