SHAME ON Irene Lacher, who obviously did not do her homework prior to creating a major article for so prestigious a publication as the Los Angeles Times ["An Arresting Development," June 4, The Envelope]. In showcasing women crimefighters, she totally ignored world-renowned Honey West, the sexy blond female private detective who broke the barrier in fiction history and television, thus paving the way for all the female protagonists to follow. For the record, Honey West was the heroine of 11 mystery novels, 1957 to 1971, selling to the tune of 10 million worldwide, dubbed "the sexiest private eye ever to pull a trigger," then winning a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe award. She became a 1965 ABC TV series on prime time and garnered a Golden Globe plus an Emmy nomination. Miramax currently has the rights to a motion picture franchise and, starting in September, the TV series will be available on DVD. Clearly, the impact of Honey West, which Encyclopedia Brittanica deemed "the most famous, fictional female character in the world" continues to gain momentum.
(Fickling wrote the Honey West mystery novels with her husband Forest E. "Skip" Fickling under the pseudonym G.G. Fickling.)