Back in 1998, it seemed like female crime novelists were everywhere, and more were just around the corner. Laura Lippman had just begun, while SJ Rozan was just about to hit her stride. Val McDermid was breaking out, and Carol O’Connell hadn’t gone on hiatus yet. Janet Evanovich had just topped the bestseller list, while Katy Munger showed early on how humor and mystery should really be combined. Sparkle Hayter was examining manly men, while Lauren Henderson was eating them—fictionally—for breakfast.
That year also ushered in several intriguing debut efforts, voices so different from each other—and different from what had been seen before—that they seemed destined to stick around. Interestingly, all shared the same name, but didn’t share the same fate.