You’ve Come a Long Way Baby; Feminist Crime Fiction May06

You’ve Come a Long Way Baby; Feminist Crime Fictio...

Remember the gumshoe lured into a trap by a beguiling femme fatale? If he was lucky, he survived and went on to marry the good girl. This was the staple of classic crime fiction and Hollywood film noir. There were two kinds of girls: the ones guys can’t resist, and those they marry, either sexy bad girls and “cute kid” good girls. Our male protagonist was a loner—usually a drinker—who prowled the mean streets, subject to his own unwritten code, but outside the law. Like Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe or Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade, they navigated between the cops and the mob to stay alive and catch their man… or woman. With women...

Review DECEMBER BOYS

DECEMBER BOYS Joe Clifford June 2016 Ocean View In the Jay Porter series, DECEMBER BOYS is the second book and LAMENTATION is the first. Jay now has a family, Jenny and Aiden, and a new job at NEI, investigating insurance claims. There is no wasting time in DECEMBER BOYS. First chapter leads Jay to an insurance claim that has turned out to be a false claim. While Jay is questioning one young boy, he notices pictures of the boy’s brother. This causes Jay to have flashbacks of his own brother, Chris, and of all the times they had together. Jay is having issues letting the Lombardi case to rest. It haunts him. Now he has this new case...