“She lowered her lashes until they almost cuddled her cheeks and slowly raised them again, like a theatre curtain. I was to get to know that trick. That was supposed to make me roll over on my back with all four paws in the air.”
~Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep
“Because she was solid gold, fourteen-carat, barely burnished despite twenty years of hard molling. But beneath it, I knew, beneath that gold and stardust, she was all grit and sharp teeth gnashing, head twisting, talons out, tearing flesh.”
~ Megan Abbott, Queenpin
Crimeculture contributors discuss their favourite bad girls, femmes fatales, female detectives, villains and noir heroines drawn from the annals of crime fiction, film, comics, graphic novels and true crime…
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A little bit of bad girl action below in the trailer for Claude Chabrol’s Merci Pour Le Chocolat (2000), in which one of our favourite femmes fatales, Isabelle Huppert, plays one of the scariest step-mothers of all time…