Friday, December 10, 2010

Top 10 female detectives

Anne Holt is one of Norway's most successful crime novelists.

For the Guardian, she named her top 10 female detectives. One character on her list:
Lisbeth Salander

In Lisbeth Salander, Stieg Larsson created the toughest nut in Sweden. Like Modesty [Blaise, the heroine of the cult comic strip created by writer Peter O'Donnell], she's also a relative orphan, abandoned and abused by a corrupt state. On the outside, she is a socially awkward diminutive gothic punk, but smouldering under the surface there's a tough, kick-boxing, Taser-wielding terror. She's as indifferent to physical pain as she is to people, a world-class computer hacker with a fierce intelligence and a photographic memory. A complete original.
Read about the other detectives on Holt's list.

See Adrian McKinty's list of the ten best lady detectives.

--Marshal Zeringue