Noir’s Female Authors Are Making the Genre Awesome Again

A new post on by Doug Barry

The misogynistic gumshoe, whose misgivings about women are sadly justified by the end of a hard-boiled detective novel, is a relic of a time when Los Angeles was still teetering between the lawlessness of the Old West and the seediness of urban living. Just because, though, Walter Neff and Samuel Spade seem out of place in contemporary crime fiction, doesn’t mean that noir is a genre of the past — women writers are starting to take control of noir, replacing cynical insurance salesmen and boozy private detectives with female anti-heroes from the trenches of society — prostitutes, gang-members, and porn stars.


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