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

From: uplandharmabooks (
Date: 21 Dec 2006

Hi Mark,

Thanks for your reply. You know, at first I wasn't going to include the PIs, but I may still. I'm not much of a PI story fan (although I love Dennis Lehane's Patrick and Angela series...go figure LOL). I'll try the first Honey West, I've heard good things about it, but I heard the rest of them just get kind of silly. I'll check out No Busines for a Lady.

I really liked Branded Woman by Wade Miller. It wasn't the most fantastic writing, but the story was very good and dark. I'm going to read their Kitten with a Whip next.

Thanks again for your reply and if you have any other suggestions, throw 'em at me!


--- In, DJ-Anonyme@... wrote:
> Amy,
> 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)
> Mark

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