RARA-AVIS: Noir by female authors

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 04 Jan 2007

david wrote:

Maybe more women would appreciate the genre if exposed to notable women noir writers of the classic era: Mary
(a.k.a Marty) Holland (personal fave), Virginia Kellog, Lenore Coffee, Vera Caspary, Leigh Brackett, Dorothy Hughes, etc.

************ I didn't think Caspary's Laura was noir. Ditto for Brackett's No Good from a Corpse. Caspary's writing was not too bad, but I thought Brackett's novel was poor, a third-rate Chandler imitation. On the other hand, Dorothy Hughes's Ride the Pink Horse was spectacular. A powerful psychological story of the dark side. Also I see no particular advantage sticking with the older classics. Vicki Hendricks's Iguana Love is outstanding, as is Natsuo Kirino's Out.

But I don't think that women reading noirs by women authors would do much to increase their appreciation of the genre.


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