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The women's touch — hardboiled and cold-blooded
Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Ross Macdonald are often considered the ne plus ultra of 20th century crime writers. But assuming the most noteworthy crime fiction begins and ends down those writers' mean streets ignores the labor of an equally talented group of women whose work has been balkanized between hard-boiled and cozies into a sub-genre loosely called suspense.
By Paula L. Woods
August 22, 2013