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

From: Vladimir ( kerwud@yandex.ru)
Date: 22 Dec 2006

Hi to All! Pay attention to creative work of a British writer - James Hadley Chase (1906-85). He is one of the best European masters of hard-boiled fiction. This writer frequently compare to Charles Williams and James M. Cain (in some French articles). He created many images of the fatal woman in his novels. Among some series characters there is 3 books about too much hot woman (constantly "looking for problems") named Helga Rolfe. It's a series not the best in JHChase's works, but nevertheless... Interesting female images of the main heroines are
(for example) in novels: " The Flesh of the Orchid " - 1948 (gloomy continuation of the Ms. Blandish's story) and " Miss Shumway Waves a Wand " - 1944 (a fantasy-humorous detective, completely unusual to this writer). Vladimir

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