RARA-AVIS: Vicki Hendricks and noir

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 30 Jan 2005

I just finished MIAMI PURITY. It's my second by Hendricks, following IGUANA LOVE.

There are varying definitions of noir. A generous interpretation pulls in everything with a dark and sinister atmosphere. This is very fashionable right now, and can be found in the works of Minette Walters, Lauren Henderson, Katy Munger, Laurie King, April Smith, and a host of other female writers. But in spite of the dark and spooky atmosphere, all their female protagonists ultimately triumph.

The origins of noir had protagonists who were ultimately doomed, fated to fail miserably. None of the above writers are willing to travel this route, leaving Vicki Hendricks as the only female author writing in this vein. I think that in today's political and social climate it takes balls to write a doomed female protagonist. My hat is off to the glorious gloom of Vicki Hendricks. She is the reigning queen of female noir.


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