I have three long time favorites. You need to read their mysteries in order to get the gist of the main characters' personalities and backgrounds and it's fun to watch them grow and strengthen over the years. They are:
Carol O'Connell. Main character is Mallory. First book is Mallory's Oracle.
Marcia Muller. Main character is Sharon McCone. First book is Edwin of the Iron Shoes.
Sara Paretsky. Main character is V. I. Warshawski. First book is Indemnity Only.
I didn't see anyone suggest Linda Fairstein.
I enjoyed FINAL JEOPARDY, the first in her ADA Alex (Alexandra) Cooper series.
Brit writer Val McDermid writes gritty hardboiled novels.Check out Wire in the Blood.
Ruth Rendell (nobody does creepy psychological suspense like Rendell) called it "Shocking...stunningly exciting, horrifyingly good."
Oh dear...let me spell it out for you!
A show of disdain and superiority where the person in question considers oneself superior and talks down to whoever he/she is trying to impress.
The word 'patron' basically means "I'm the daddy" - aka...I'm the dogs bollox and I'm '...better than you'
Patronizing whom? Thriller writers? A preference for thrillers is a personal thing. I usually don't go for them. McDermid's have been the exception. And possibly Lee Child's.
Again: Talking down to whom? Certainly not Susan. Sorry if you felt talked down to because I don't share your taste.
Tony, I's not a noir writer, but I am a female crime writer. If you're in the mood for something different how about giving my clerical thriller a look? A VERY PRIVATE GRAVE, The Monastery Murders. Lots of action.
Donna Fletcher Crow