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Women of the Mean Streets

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Women. Crime. Justice. At least the search for it. On the mean streets, the back allies, the dark corners.

These are stories of tough women in hard places. The nights are long, the women are fast, and danger is always a short block or quick minute away. Edited by award winning author/editors J.M. Redmann and Greg Herren, Women of the Mean Streets is an anthology of some of
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Bold Strokes Books (first published August 1st 2011)
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Mel
I'm afraid this just did not live up to it's promise. I was really wanting lesbian noir, that is not what I got. The first story was about a self proclaimed Soccor Mom who lived in a million dollar home! I'm sorry but those are not the MEAN STREETS I had envisioned!

Overall there were very few stories in the book that fit the noir style pulp that I was hoping for. The best was Chasing Athena which had a tough butch PI who was great, murders of prostitutes and crime that felt like it could have c
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fleegan
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime-fiction, noir
When I saw the cover of this book I was all, "Cool!"
And when I read the synopsis I was all, "THIS is going to be AWESOME."

Here's the synopsis:

"Women. Crime. Justice. At least the search for it. On the mean streets, the back allies, the dark corners.

These are stories of tough women in hard places. The nights are long, the women are fast, and danger is always a short block or quick minute away. Edited by award winning author/editors J.M. Redmann and Greg Herren, Women of the Mean Streets is an
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Changeling72
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked the collection of stories put together by JM Redmann and Greg Herren. A mixed bag, as these anthologies always are, but none the worse for that. I particularly enjoyed (if that's the right word) Lori L Lake's Den of Iniquity, about a woman avenging herself on the perpetrator of her childhood abuse - and then going on to wreak retribution on all abusers. Carsen Tate's Boomerang is an enjoyable private detective yarn; in Kendra Sennett's Social Work it is obvious to everyone but the first- ...more
Jennifer
Nov 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
I got half way through this book and gave up. While the stories weren't necessarily poorly written, they weren't focused in on the noir aspect, and often only inferred the homosexuality of the protagonist.

If I'd read this book five years ago, I might have liked it. Five years ago I was much more into being edgy and avant garde for the sake of being edgy and avant garde. Five years ago I didn't know what noir was as a genre. Five years ago, I would have defined "noir" for you as something like "f
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Megan
A good collection of mystery/crime short stories by some well known (and well loved) authors as well as some interesting entries by authors I'm not familiar with. The noir genre is near and dear to my heart (gotta love the bad girls) and some of the stories knocked it out of the park while others just didn't fit my idea of noir.

For me the standout stories that captured the noir feel best were:

ARM and the Woman by Laura Lippman - An upper middle class divorcee comes up with a rather dark soluti
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Brittany Holmgren
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
When I saw this book, lurking on the shelf in the used book story, I was captive. I went back and ran my fingers down the spine and tried to convince myself I didn't really need it on several trips to the store before at last I gave in and bought it.

I mean, lesbian noir? Brilliant! Right? I have this lesbian noir story in my head and I figured seeing what other people have done might help me nail the right voice and tone, help me actually put that story on paper.

This collection was a huge disapp
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Jeffrey Ricker
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow. J.M. Redmann and Greg Herren really put together a fantastic collection of stories and show how differently writers can interpret the noir genre. There isn't a weak one in the bunch, but one of my favorites was the last story, "Feedback" by Lindy Cameron, who creates a hard, bitter war veteran in a grim future and gives her a glimpse of hope by the end. I really want to read more of this character.

Other stories that stood out for me were "Some Kind of Killing" by Miranda Kent, "Lucky Thirte
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Mostly Lesfic: Women of the Mean Streets: Lesbian Noir 1 11 Sep 18, 2011 09:40AM  
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Also writes under the pseudonym R. Jean Reid.

Jean Marie Redmann is an American novelist best known for her mystery series featuring New Orleans private investigator Micky Knight.

Main themes of Redmann's novels are the protagonist's troubled childhood and how it affects her adult life, discrimination based on sexual orientation and alcoholism. Her novels follow the tradition of hardboiled fiction.
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