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Pistols and petticoats : 175 years of lady detectives in fact and fiction / Erika Janik.

Janik, Erika, author. (Author).
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  • 3 of 5 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Morgan County Public Library - Martinsville 363.2508 JAN (Text) 78551000527786 Non-Fiction Available -
North Madison County Frankton Community Library 363.25 JAN (Text) 30419200583835 Adult Non-Fiction On holds shelf -
Spencer County Public Library - Rockport 363.25 JAN (Text) 70741000140096 Adult Non Fiction Available -
Union County Public Library - Liberty NF 363.25 Jan (Text) 34194001112722 NF Available -
West Lafayette Public Library - West Lafayette 363.25082 JAN (Text) 31951004105893 Main Floor - New Arrivals Checked out 10/29/2016

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780807039380 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 0807039381 (hardback)
  • Physical Description: 238 pages : black & white photographs ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2016]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.: "A lively exploration of the struggles faced by women in law enforcement and mystery fiction for the past 175 years In 1910 Alice Wells took the oath to join the all-male Los Angeles Police Department. She wore no uniform, carried no weapon, and kept her badge stuffed in her pocketbook. She wasn't the first or only policewoman, but she became the movement's most visible voice. Police work from its very beginning was considered a male domain, far too dangerous and rough for a woman to even contemplate much less take on as a profession. Women who donned the badge faced harassment and discrimination. It would take more than seventy years for women to enter the force as full-fledged officers. Yet within the covers of popular fiction, women not only wrote mysteries but also created female characters who handily solved crimes. Smart, independent, and courageous, these nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century female sleuths (including a healthy number created by male writers) set the stage for Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, Sara Paretsky's V. I. Warshawski, Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta, and Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone, as well as television detectives such as Prime Suspect's Jane Tennison and Law and Order's Olivia Benson. These authors were not amateurs dabbling in detection but professional writers who helped define the genre and competed with men to often greater success. Pistols and Petticoats tells the story of women's very early place in crime fiction and their public crusade to transform policing. Investigating women whether real or fictional were nearly always at odds with society. Most women refused to let that stop them, paving the way to a modern professional life for women on the force and in popular culture"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Policewomen > History.
Private investigators > Fiction.
Detective and mystery stories.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies.
LAW / Gender & the Law.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Law Enforcement.

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