RARA-AVIS: Some female writers

From: Juri Nummelin ( juri.nummelin@pp.inet.fi)
Date: 04 Feb 2008

I second the opinion on Elizabeth Sanxay Holding. Dangerously and deceptively simple stylist, but hooks you like no other writer. (Maybe even more than Woolrich, who's never been one of my favourites.)

Dorothy Dunn anyone? She was a rare bird in Black Mask once the magazine became hardboiled under Joseph Shaw's editorship (there were more female writers before that). She wrote one novel (IIRC), MURDER'S WEB, in 1950. I haven't read it, has anyone?

Earl and Marion Scott were a married couple who wrote hardboiled crime for Black Mask in the late twenties and early thirties. I haven't read their stories and never read any comment on them.

There are some noirish touches in Canadian Pamela Fry's one crime novel, HARSH EVIDENCE, from the early fifties.

Is Mary Jane Ward's THE SNAKE PIT noir? The film is, to my mind, even though I don't really remember how it comes out in the end.


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