When a friend recently commented about the lack of female private eyes in hardboiled fiction, I pointed him to a post I’d written a few years ago in response to an article in the NYT. Female private eyes in literature go back further in time than those in the hard-boiled genre, however. Many view Mrs. Paschal as the first female private detective in literature. In 1864, Mrs. Paschal appeared in The Revelations of a Lady Detective, written by W. S. Hayward, a British male writer. Although Mrs. Paschal occasionally worked with the police force, she also conducted private investigations for payment.
But back to hard-boiled detective fiction—below is my 2014 post about lady dicks who also roamed those mean streets…
The Death of the Private Eye?
It was surprising to read the November 14, 2014 article “The Death of the Private Eye” by John Semley in the New York Times
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