RARA-AVIS: Women who are men

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 03 Jul 2006

Channing wrote:

It's hard to imagine Spillane is being completely earnest when in one Mike Hammer (I can't remember which one, the titles all tend to blend together in my mind) Mike spends the entire book having the hots for the femme fatale... but something prevents him from kissing her. And then the big reveal is-- duh-duh-duh, she's a dude. Come on, Mike is such a red-blooded macho man, but he can't tell if the "hot dame" is a man or woman UP CLOSE!?! It's an astonishingly stupid twist.

************ It might have been a popular plot back then, and it's still dredged up occasionally. It was used by John Evans (I think I have the author's name right) in one of his Halo novels. It was fairly obvious and, like you, I thought it stupid.


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