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

From: E. Borgers (
Date: 22 Dec 2006

If you look strictly for females being the central character of the novel (during the period 1930/60), you will not find that much compared to the production of the genre HB/noir in that period.
  Besides the names already mentioned in the thread, there's at least two very famous JH Chase novels:
  I remember another wherein the "femme fatale" has a stronger role, away from the basic standards, a role on par (and as important) with the male protagonist (and it's an execellent and powerfull noir novel): BLACK WINGS HAS MY ANGEL (1953)
  by Elliott Chaze
  You have also a lot of non-Maigret novels by Simenon, most of which being real noir novels, wherein the central character is a woman. They all fit perfectly in your time-line.
  On the other hand, secondary female characters are numerous of course, and it may be difficult to decide if it's pure secondary or more tha that, depending on your own criteria.
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I'm trying to compile a list of hard-boiled fiction and roman noir in which a woman is the protagonist (such as Wade Miller's "Branded Woman") or a co-protagonist (such as Thompson's "The Getaway" or Sanders' "Whiphand"). I'm trying to keep the titles in the era of 1930s - 1960s. I've contacted both the Kelley Collection in Buffalo and The Browne Popular Culture Library in Bowling Green, OH, and have received a reply from George Kelley himself suggesting I pick up a copy of "Deadly Women" by Jan Grape (which I'll do after Christmas).

I discovered Rara Avis over a year ago and love it. I think if anyone could help me with this list it would be the people here. Thanks very much everyone for your time and have happy holidays!



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