Re: RARA-AVIS: female authors

From: Dave Zeltserman (
Date: 01 Feb 2008

While not a crime novel Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor has its noirish impulses, and is about as grimy (and brilliant) a novel as you're going to find written by a male or female.

--Dave Z.

--- In, DJ-Anonyme@... wrote:
> 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
> best female hard boiled & noir authors?"
> I highly recommend Vicki Hendrick's work, beginning with Miami
> 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.
> Highsmith's Ripley books re alos from a male perspective. If you
> 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
> by her. I've enjoyed several of Sara Paretsky's PI novels, but some
> find her too strident in her politics.
> Mark

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