Television's Female Spies and Crimefighters (Paperback)

600 Characters and Shows, 1950s to the Present

By Karen A. Romanko

McFarland & Company, 9780786496372, 256pp.

Publication Date: February 18, 2016

List Price: 29.95*
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Description

Emma Peel wearing her "kinky boots." Amanda King and her poppy seed cake. Julie Barnes at her hippie pad. Honey West with her pet ocelot. Television's female spies and crimefighters make quite an impression, yet there hasn't been a reference book devoted to them until now. This encyclopedic work covers 350 female spies, private investigators, amateur sleuths, police detectives, federal agents and crime-fighting superheroes who have appeared in more than 250 series since the 1950s, with an emphasis on lead or noteworthy characters. Entries are alphabetical by series, featuring credits and synopses, notable plot points, interesting facts and critical commentary on seminal series and characters. A brief history of female spies and crimefighters on TV places them in chronological perspective and sociological context.


About the Author

A former professional librarian, Karen A. Romanko began her writing career in the 1980s with a "My Say" piece in Publishers Weekly. She went on to write articles about rock videos and SF movies and television for publications such as American Libraries and Library Journal. She lives in Los Angeles, California.