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Women Crime Fiction Writers of the 1940s and '50s with Dr. Frankie Y. Bailey (Online Only) — Sold Out


4 Monthly Sessions

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4 Monthly Sessions Wednesdays, 6:30 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT September 29 to December 22, 2021

Online via Zoom

This reading group has reached its capacity. To join the waitlist, please email Allison Escoto at [email protected].

Meeting Dates:
9/29, 10/27, 11/17, 12/22

In the aftermath of World War II, the French coined the phrase film noir to describe tough-minded, hard-boiled American crime and detective films. These films were adapted from novels and short stories by authors such as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Readers are less aware that women writers were producing novels of taut, psychological suspense that also attracted the attention of Hollywood.

This course focuses on novels by four women crime fiction writers. These books reflect the darkness and pessimism of the postwar world. The protagonists are flawed, a sinister villain is in view but sometimes not seen. The appeal of these novels has stood the test of time and are considered classics of crime fiction.


Led by

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    Frankie Y. Bailey, Ph.D.

    Frankie Y. Bailey, Ph.D.

    Frankie Y. Bailey, Ph.D. is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany (SUNY). She studies crime and justice in American culture, focusing on crime history, mass media/popular culture, and material culture. Frankie is the author, co-author, or co-editor of a number of books on crime and media/popular culture and on local history. Her recent scholarly publications include Crimes of the Centuries: Notorious Crimes, Criminals, and Criminal Trials, a three-volume encyclopedia co-edited with Dr. Steven Chermak. She is the author of five mystery novels featuring Southern crime historian Lizzie Stuart (Death’s Favorite ChildA Dead Man’s HonorOld MurdersYou Should Have Died on Monday, Forty Acres and a Soggy Grave (currently being reissued), and two alternate-history police procedural novels featuring Albany, New York police detective Hannah McCabe (The Red Queen Dies and What the Fly Saw). Frankie’s current non-fiction projects are a reference book about gangster movies and a book about four hundred years of dress and appearance in American crime and justice. She is also working on a historical thriller set in 1939 and her sixth Lizzie Stuart mystery.

    Frankie is a past EVP of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime National. She is the project director of the Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century project in the School of Criminal Justice.