Private Eye-Lashes: Radio's Lady Detectives

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This book examines radio and mystery drama from about 1932 to the genre's final appearance in the late 1950's. While its focus is on women detectives, French provides minute and fascinating details about dozens of mystery programs and includes a comprehensive listing of source material ranging from magazine articles, to dime detective novels, to film noir. Each lady detective appearing under one of eight cleverly conceived categories gets handsome, multi-page treatment. The author traces the chronological appearance of the subject's show, examines the program's history and origins, and details with substantial documentation the manner of the show's presentation and production. He intersperses the text with actual dialogue taken directly from the program scripts.

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About the Author:

Jack French, former Navy cryptology officer and retired FBI Agent, has been researching the Golden Age of Radio for over 20 years. He is a recipient of the Allen Rockford Award, given annually by the Friends of Old Time Radio to the person who has contributed the most to radio research. Jack is a union member of SAG and AFTRA and has acted in several television shows and motion pictures. He and his wife, Cathy, now live in Northern VA. They have six children and six grandchildren.

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Private Eyelashes is the first OTR book to receive the Agatha award in the 17 year history of Malice Domestic. --SPERDVAC's Radiogram

"lots of fun...This is a fascinating study of the lady detectives of radio. This book is both for the fan of old-time radio and for anyone interested in the role of women in crime fiction - whatever the medium. It is written in a pleasing, off-hand manner, but much intense research was needed to produce it. If you're old enough to remember the glory days of radio (or even if you're not), Private Eyelashes is an entertaining and informative guide." --New York Sun

I highly recommend this book to those who are experts in old time radio as a very useful research tool and to those who simply have a delicious time reading about these programs, their fictional characters and the real one who played them. --SPERDVAC's Radiogram

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