Book: Atomic Renaissance - American Women Mystery Writers of the 1940s and 1950s by Jeffrey Markscategories: Book, Biography, Mystery, Women, 1940s, American, Thriller, American Women Mystery Writers
Jeffrey Marksabout this book: This book deals with 7 American mystery authors who have been forgotten by most readers today. They were wives and mothers, but they were also some of the best talents in the genre. Yet their contribution to mystery has largely been forgotten.
I actually corresponded with some of these women while working on my biography of mystery author Craig Rice. Because of their age (and the timing of the Craig Rice book) these women passed away while I was writing that biography. Their passing made me want to discuss their overlooked contribution to mystery.
The title was difficult to come up with. The Atomic comes from that era, the atomic age which was hypermasculine with Mickey Spillane and James Bond leading the field. Renaissance was added because it was an era of wonderful novels and short stories. The cover image of the atom comes from the same germ of an idea as well.
This book would be well-suited to anyone who wants to find some superlative mystery authors and isn't afraid to scour some book sites or yard sales to find them.
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