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A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir [Paperback]

Val McDermid , Megan Abbott


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Book Description

Dec 1 2007

A Hell of a Woman is not only an exceptionally entertaining anthology, it’s an invaluable resource that will be cherished by aficionados of the genre.”—Paul Goat Allen, Chicago Tribune

An original anthology.

A collection of twenty-five original female noir stories by some of today’s top crime writers, including Vicki Hendricks, Sara Gran, Christa Faust, Naomi Hirahara, Charlie Huston, and more. Includes a special fifty-page appendix of essays on female noir pioneers.

Awards include:

  • Daniel Woodrell’s “Uncle”—Nominated for the Edgar and Anthony awards
  • Cornelia Read’s “Hungry Enough”—Winner of the Shamus Award

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Busted Flush Press, LLC (Dec 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976715732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976715733
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #948,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Despite stories from an impressive international roster of both established and up-and-coming crime novelists, this woman-themed anthology is disappointingly hit-and-miss. Abbott, herself a 2006 Edgar nominee for her noir debut, Die a Little, attempts to organize the volume by grouping pieces under catchy but not very meaningful headings such as Hellcats, Madwomen and Outlaws and Minxes, Shapeshifters and Hothouse Flowers. The few standouts include Zoë Sharp's Served Cold, a revenge tale featuring British femme fatale–cum–bodyguard Charlie Fox, and Ken Bruen's moody Nora B., chronicling a cop's disastrous relationship with a scheming Irish barmaid. Notably absent is a story from Val McDermid, whose introduction only whets the reader's appetite for a taste of her signature tartan noir. Fans of the other authors included are better off waiting for the next installments of their respective series. (Dec.)
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About the Author

Megan Abbott is the Edgar Award-winning author of Die a Little, The Song Is You, and Queenpin. She also edited Busted Flush Press' female noir anthology, A Hell of a Woman. Her Damn Near Dead (Busted Flush Press) short story, "Policy," was the basis for her Edgar-winning novel, Queenpin. She has a Ph.D. in English and American literature.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book Sept. 30 2008
By Dylan Cundiff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Along with Damn Near Dead, the best anthology of short stories I have read in a while. glad to see noir coming back, and as good as it used to be in the days of Thompson and Chandler.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hell of a Read! Feb. 13 2008
By Ann Pyke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book expecting to pick out more than half of the stories to occupy my mind while recovering from surgery - short, entertaining, not deep-thinking type of thing. Well, what a grand surprise! I coukd NIT put the book down - one story equal to or better than the next - all pain soon forgotten! I am a connoisseur of mystry and intrigue novels that are well-written. These are short well-written stories by the best.

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