»In Sophie Hannah’s The Other Woman’s House, Tana French’s Broken Harbor, Mo Hayder’s Gone, and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, the danger appears to come from a husband. In Megan Abbott’s Dare Me, set in the hothouse adolescent world of competitive cheerleading, it comes from another girl. In other books, it’s an entire culture—California’s porn movie industry in Christa Faust’s Money Shot, the Arab world in Zoë Ferraris’s City of Veils, the diseased American heartland in Hoffman’s So Much Pretty.«
Fictional women use stealth, subterfuge, and hand-to-hand combat to fight back in a man’s world. Elizabeth Hand’s worth reading essay about Femininjas you will find at the Boston Review and at Salon.
»Replete with bad cops, false leads, twists and sudden turns, this is superlative crime fiction mixed with unforced cultural analysis that bursts right out of genre constrictions.«
Robin Yassin-Kassab about Kingdom of Strangers by Zoë Ferraris. His review at guardian.co.uk.
»The professional analysis of the serial killer’s mind and methods, the pathetic details of the victims’ lives, the intuitive breakthroughs, the final confrontation: All have become cliches of the genre, but Ferraris delivers them with skill and expert timing.«
Anna Mundow about the new murder mystery Kingdom of Strangers by Zoe Ferraris. Her review at washingtonpost.com.