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Fear factors

Blockbuster domestic thrillers written by women may be a recent phenomenon, but the reasons for the books’ continued popularity have roots in a violent past



YOU DON’T NEED to be a sleuth to see that the female takeover of crime fiction is almost complete. In the past several years, we’ve watched blockbusters such as Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train dominate bestseller lists and movie theatres. In fact, books with “girl” in the title are so common that you’d be forgiven for wondering where the grown-up women went. The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the growing trend of male authors attempting to disguise their gender by using their initials or writing under pseudonyms.

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