I'm having too much fun with the lists. Oh dear. ;p
THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES IS DEADLIER THAN THE MALE
1. The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas
2. Armadale Wilkie Collins
Lydia Gwilt. Seductive, tragic, passionate. Did I mention she's also a roaring red-head? Her real crime is that she was born a woman with a man's ambition and courage.
3. Queen of the South Arturo Perez-Reverte
Perez-Reverte knows how to play up the noirish femme fatale. Here, he rewrites The Count of Monte Cristo with a female twist.
4. The Seville Communion by Arturo Perez-Reverte
One particular scene: the femme fatale lights a cigarette, then proceeds to tuck her lighter under her bra-strap - it struck me as a gesture most erotic.
5. The Fencing Master by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Adela de Otero. Her intricate knowledge of fencing and the mysterious, tiny scar at the corner of her mouth that hints at dark violence.
6. Waltz into Darkness by Cornell Woolrich
I confess: I want to read this title because the Angelina Jolie movie, Original Sins, was based on this book.