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

From: uplandharmabooks ( uplandharmabooks@yahoo.com)
Date: 22 Dec 2006

Thanks so much everyone for your suggestions!

After having slept on it, I think I've finally been able to draw a pretty clear line for myself: I'm looking for books that if it were written in the first person the female character would be the one saying "I did this" or "I did that". The darker the better; no cozies! Branded Woman is the best example I can think of right now.

I keep wondering about the reviewer of Branded Woman who piqued my curiosity to begin with by mentioning the noir "sub-division" of women's revenge stories; does this category really exist or was she exaggerating?. But I remind myself that the hunt for these books is part of the pleasure!


--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "uplandharmabooks"
<uplandharmabooks@...> wrote:
> Greetings-
> 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!
> Amy

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