The Talented Ms. Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith In some ways, I suppose I have always felt a bit alienated by noir fiction, although I adore that smoky, mysterious atmosphere — the hourglass-shaped dame half in the shadows, the cigarette dangling from pouting lips, the impossibly virile man with a gun and a low ball of whiskey. My early exposure to…

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A HELL OF A WOMAN: An Anthology of Female Noir

When Dave Thompson, owner of one of my favorite independent booksellers in the country, Murder by the Book in Houston, asked me to contribute to a forthcoming anthology called A HELL OF A WOMAN, I jumped at the chance. A¬†HELL OF A WOMAN: An Anthology of Female Noir will be published by Busted Flush Press…

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