Re: RARA-AVIS: female authors

Date: 31 Jan 2008

Jordan asked:

"I tend to shy away from female authors, because I prefer male perspectives (for crime novels). But I'm willing to look: who are the best female hard boiled & noir authors?"

I highly recommend Vicki Hendrick's work, beginning with Miami Purity. I just finished Christa Faust's Money Shot, which was very good. Of older stuff, there's Dorothy Hughes, whose In A Lonely Place is very good. Interestingly, she and Leigh Brackett (always? I haven't read enough of them to know) often wrote from a male perspective. Patricia Highsmith's Ripley books re alos from a male perspective. If you want the flip, Robert Eversz has a first person female series about Nina Zero. I've heard raves about Val McDermid, but I've never read her. Oh yeah, I was blown away by Denise Mina's Garnethill, need to get others by her. I've enjoyed several of Sara Paretsky's PI novels, but some find her too strident in her politics.


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