Mici Anhalt

Created by Lillian O'Donnell

Not really a P.I., MICI ANHALT's an investigator for the New York City Crime Victim's Compensation Board, but in her three book-length cases, despite her job title, she comes off more like a private eye than some paper-packing social worker.

An ex-ballerina and a former worker for Attorney General Robert Kennedy's staff, Mici's full of post-sixties, left-leaning, bleeding heart political sentiment, which often brings her into conflict with the bureaucracy of the Board. A decent series, well-written, with a strong, appealling character, but, given the likes of the more hard-boiled female eyes that soon followed, such as Kinsey Millhone or V.I. Warshawski, it seems rather dated and even quaint at times. Still, a satisfying series, for the most part.

Author O'Donnell is probably best-known for creating feisty female police detective, Lieutenant Norah Macaulhay. She returned to the P.I. genre in 1990 with a newer female eye, Gwenn Ramadge, who also makes New York her home.


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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