Re: RARA-AVIS: Female protagonists in hard-boiled fiction and roman noir

Date: 21 Dec 2006


Are you including female PIs? There are a few of those in your period. James L. Rubel's No Business for a Lady (1950):

"Meet Miss Donovan, the only private eye who wears mascara. She's easily teh most beautiul shamus living" -- from the cover of the 1958 reprint, possibly trying to piggyback on the recently introduced Honey West in . . .

G.G. Fickling's This Girl for Hire (1957):

"Naked Eye Honey West -- sexiest private eye in L.A. or anywhere else -- packs a deadly .32 and a lively 38-22-36 -- but she keeps losing her clothes" -- from a 1965 printing, tied in to her appearance on the TV show Burke's Law (guess it was before she got her own show)


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