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

From: Bookbitch ( BookBitch@yahoo.com)
Date: 24 Dec 2006

I wanted to add a newcomer to this list, and yes, it fits the time period. I just read BABY SHARK by Robert Fate and it's fabulous. Set in 1952 Texas, the main character becomes known as Baby Shark. Her father was a pool hustler and she traveled the road with him until he was killed in front of her by a motorcycle gang, who then raped and savagely beat her, set the pool hall on fire and left her for dead. She survives and a year later she's a trained killing machine, bent on revenge. Oddly enough, considering the male/female dichotomy here, there is something reminiscent of Mike Hammer in this character. It really doesn't get much grittier than this.
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