Until 1982, American detective fiction was dominated by hard-drinking, relentless, two-fisted tough guys who treated women as sexual toys, unappreciated helpers, or objects of longing and fear. Although British female detective writers were popular in the 1930s, with Dame Agatha Christie (1890-1976) well on her way to becoming one of the world’s most popular writers, the detective as eccentric genius had never taken root in American fiction, and the virtue of perseverance became more valued in American popular culture than that of superior intellect. But all that changed in 1982. Chicagoan Sara Paretsky introduced the tough, sexy, stubborn V. I. Warshawski in Indemnity Only and Kentucky-born Californian Sue Grafton presented a similar character, Kinsey Millhone, in A Is For Alibi. After…

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Citation: Dougherty, David C.. "A Is for Alibi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 July 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38857, accessed 07 December 2023.]

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