--- In email@example.com, demack5@... wrote:
> > But are they hard-boiled or noir?
> All the ones I've mentioned are hardboiled. Some are edgier than
others. Barbara Seranella, of course, had a very tough protag--a drug addicted female auto mechanic who once hung out with motorcycle gangs. I've only read HOW LIKE AN ANGEL by Margaret Millar. She had a male protag named Quinn in that one--a traditional hardboiled PI. The ending is downbeat, as I recall, and the story twists like a pretzel, right up to the last line.
> Certainly, none of these women would be mistaken for cozy writers.
> Debbi Mack
> IDENTITY CRISIS
> A Sam McRae Mystery
Debbi, thanks for the recommendation. I just finished reading How
Like an Angel and enjoyed it. I didn't really find the ending that
downbeat for a hardboiled book.
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