A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir

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Megan E. Abbott
Busted Flush Press, 2007 - Fiction - 354 pages
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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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About the author (2007)

Megan Abbott has taught literature, writing and film at New York University and the State University of New York at Oswego. Born in the Detroit area, she graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English Literature. She received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University in 2000, and in 2002 Palgrave Macmillan published her nonfiction study, The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir. She lives in New York City. Die a Little, her first novel, was nominated for a 2006 Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America and a 2006 Barry Award and Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Her second novel, The Song Is You, arrived in bookstores in January 2007 and centers around a true-life missing persons case in 1940s Hollywood. Her third novel, Queenpin, came out in June 2007.Look for stories by Megan Abbott in the anthologies Damn Near Dead, Wall Street Noir (June 2007) and Queens Noir (forthcoming).

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