Once in a while, I like to get in touch with my inner-nerd. I did a lotta fancy book learning and wrote a bunch of essays for my BA and my MA. Some of the MA papers had to do with crime fiction. One of those papers is something I'm really quite proud of: It's an essay called From Spenser to Yeats: Feminism's Version of the Hardboiled Sleuth is on the Wagon and Rides a Harley. In it, I trace the birth and growth of the hardboiled dick from "down these mean streets..." to Kinsey Millhone, et al. So, if you want to know a bit more about the genre, have a look at The Thrilling Detective website to read an abridged version of the paper. I had a LOT of fun writing it! And (best of all!!!) I sent a copy of it to Lawrence Block and he wrote back: "I can see why you got an A"!!!
*** Mystery Fans: You may want to bookmark The Thrilling Detective website. It always has lots of interesting stuff related to crime fiction, from reviews to interviews to quotes and more...! oxox