Created by Ruth Birmingham (pseudonym of Walter Sorrells)
Her name is SUNNY CHILDS and she's the fast-talking lead detective in an Atlanta PI firm called Peachtree Investigations. The firm is actually owned by a guy named Gunnar Brushwood, but he tends to be off on safari and stuff like that a lot of the time, so she tends to be in charge. Sunny is thirty-something, unmarried, carries a gun when the need arises, teaches karate in her spare time. Generally a fairly tough chick, in other words. Okay, she might have some trouble standing up to her mother. But then, who doesn't?
The first Sunny Childs book, Atlanta Graves, came out in April. It's about art theft and art forgery. The second book, Fulton County Blues, concerns Sunny's investigation into the death of her father, killed in Vietnam when she was a child, and the discovery that maybe he isn't quite the war hero she grew up believing in. It was nominated for a Best PBO Shamus.
Hmmm.... another female private eye created by a man at about the same time is Robert B. Parker's Sunny Randall.
Contributed by Ruth Birmingham (thanks, Walt).