Crime Fiction

Since the mid-19th century crime fiction has been one of the most popular sub-genres of the novel. In this Very Short Introduction, Richard Bradford explores its origins and the features that define its varied style.

Author: Richard Bradford

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199658787

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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"Tells the story of the developing genre of crime fiction, from its 18th century origins in Britain to its contemporary international scope. Ranging from drawing-room murder mysteries to spy fiction, legal dramas, and thrillers, Bradford explores the conventions of the genre, and considers how crime writers have worked to escape the limitations it places on them."--Front flap.

Crime Writers

This invaluable resource provides information about and sources for researching 50 of the top crime genre writers, including websites and other online resources.

Author: Elizabeth Haynes

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781591589143

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 204

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This invaluable resource provides information about and sources for researching 50 of the top crime genre writers, including websites and other online resources. * A timeline of major authors and events in the development of the crime fiction genre * Read-alike sections listing other authors whose works are similar in style or theme to those of ten major authors included in the book * Lists of major organizations and awards in the field of crime literature * A bibliography of online and print sources for biographical and critical information about crime genre authors

A Companion to Crime Fiction

A Companion to Crime Fiction presents the definitive guide to this popular genre from its origins in the eighteenth century to the present day A collection of forty-seven newly commissioned essays from a team of leading scholars across the ...

Author: Charles J. Rzepka

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119675778

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 552

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A Companion to Crime Fiction presents the definitive guide to this popular genre from its origins in the eighteenth century to the present day A collection of forty-seven newly commissioned essays from a team of leading scholars across the globe make this Companion the definitive guide to crime fiction Follows the development of the genre from its origins in the eighteenth century through to its phenomenal present day popularity Features full-length critical essays on the most significant authors and film-makers, from Arthur Conan Doyle and Dashiell Hammett to Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese exploring the ways in which they have shaped and influenced the field Includes extensive references to the most up-to-date scholarship, and a comprehensive bibliography

Writing Crime Fiction

Helps you learn how to start writing crime; how to layer your novel with clues; how to find a market for your work; and, how to be a professional crime writer.

Author: Janet Laurence

Publisher:

ISBN: 1842850881

Category: Crime writing

Page: 199

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Helps you learn how to start writing crime; how to layer your novel with clues; how to find a market for your work; and, how to be a professional crime writer.

The Foreign in International Crime Fiction

Reading texts from across the world, this book examines the depiction of ‘the foreigner' in popular 20th and 21st century crime writing.

Author: Jean Anderson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441128171

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Reading texts from across the world, this book examines the depiction of ‘the foreigner' in popular 20th and 21st century crime writing.

Crime Fiction in the City

This wide-ranging collection looks at capital cities across Europe, from the more traditional centres of power - Paris, Rome and London - to Europe's most northern capital, Stockholm, and also considers the newly devolved capitals, Dublin, ...

Author: Lucy Andrew

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9780708325872

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Crime Fiction in the City: Capital Crimes expands upon previous studies of the urban space and crime by reflecting on the treatment of the capital city, a repository of authority, national identity and culture, within crime fiction. This wide-ranging collection looks at capital cities across Europe, from the more traditional centres of power - Paris, Rome and London - to Europe's most northern capital, Stockholm, and also considers the newly devolved capitals, Dublin, Edinburgh and Cardiff. The texts under consideration span the nineteenth-century city mysteries to contemporary populist crime fiction. The collection opens with a reflective essay by Ian Rankin and aims to inaugurate a dialogue between Anglophone and European crime writing; to explore the marginalised works of Irish and Welsh writers alongside established European crime writers and to interrogate the relationship between fact and fiction, creativity and criticism, within the crime genre.

Best American Crime Writing 2003

Collects short true crime stories by authors including Peter Richmond, Joshua Hammer, Marie Brenner, and Jesse Katz, taken from such magazines as GQ, the New Yorker, Newsweek, and Vanity Fair. “The Killing of Alydar,” a

Author: Otto Penzler

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: UOM:39015059981624

Category: Social Science

Page: 488

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Collects short true crime stories by authors including Peter Richmond, Joshua Hammer, Marie Brenner, and Jesse Katz, taken from such magazines as GQ, the New Yorker, Newsweek, and Vanity Fair.

Crime Fiction

Using examples from a variety of novels, short stories, films and televisions series, John Scaggs: presents a concise history of crime fiction - from biblical narratives to James Ellroy - broadening the genre to include revenge tragedy and ...

Author: John Scaggs

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415318254

Category: Fiction

Page: 170

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Crime Fiction provides a lively introduction to what is both a wide-ranging and hugely popular literary genre. Using examples from a variety of novels, short stories, films and televisions series, John Scaggs: presents a concise history of crime fiction - from biblical narratives to James Ellroy - broadening the genre to include revenge tragedy and the gothic novel explores the key sub-genres of crime fiction, such as 'Rational Criminal Investigation', The Hard-Boiled Mode', 'The Police Procedural' and 'Historical Crime Fiction' locates texts and their recurring themes and motifs in a wider social and historical context outlines the various critical concepts that are central to the study of crime fiction, including gender, narrative theory and film theory considers contemporary television series like C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation alongside the 'classic' whodunnits of Agatha Christie. Accessible and clear, this comprehensive overview is the essential guide for all those studying crime fiction and concludes with a look at future directions for the genre in the twentieth-first century.

The Cambridge Companion to American Crime Fiction

This Companion examines the range of American crime fiction from execution sermons of the Colonial era to television programmes like The Sopranos.

Author: Catherine Ross Nickerson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521136068

Category: Fiction

Page: 190

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Examines the range of American crime fiction from execution sermons of the Colonial era to television programmes like The Sopranos.

The Picador Book of Crime Writing

'An exhilarating mixture of the violent and the profane, some of it obscure, a good deal of it surprising . . . A collection full of such energy, humour and sheer brazen originality . . .

Author: Michael Dibdin

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Adult

ISBN: 0330335014

Category: Crime

Page: 432

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‘A revelation . . . his research and breadth of spirit have discovered a satisfying trove of the unexpected’ The Times ‘Murder remains one of the fine arts, at least in print . . . Michael Dibdin makes the point in his addicts’ appetite-whetting anthology . . . His approach is thematic, his judgements acute and his list of contributors – from Chekhov to Barbara Vine – is impressive . . . The central point, that at its best crime writing is a class act, is well made’ Guardian ‘Ample, eclectic anthology . . . imaginatively varied (Zola, Chandler, Hammett, Symons, Roy Fuller, Barbara Vine) . . . Dibdin demonstrates that there is a richness, diversity and risk taking in crime writing which gives it a vigour sadly lacking in much straight fiction’ Literary Review

The Best American Crime Writing

Collects short true crime stories by authors including Peter Richmond, Joshua Hammer, Marie Brenner, and Jesse Katz, taken from such magazines as GQ, the New Yorker, Newsweek, and Vanity Fair.

Author: Otto Penzler

Publisher: Vintage Original

ISBN: 9780375713019

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 488

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Collects short true crime stories by authors including Peter Richmond, Joshua Hammer, Marie Brenner, and Jesse Katz, taken from such magazines as GQ, the New Yorker, Newsweek, and Vanity Fair.

The Best American Crime Writing 2006

A sterling collection of the year's most shocking, compelling, and gripping writing about real-life crime, the 2006 edition of The Best American Crime Writing offers fascinating vicarious journeys into a world of felons and their felonious ...

Author: Mark Bowden

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061844751

Category: True Crime

Page: 352

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A sterling collection of the year's most shocking, compelling, and gripping writing about real-life crime, the 2006 edition of The Best American Crime Writing offers fascinating vicarious journeys into a world of felons and their felonious acts. This thrilling compendium includes: Jeffrey Toobin's eye-opening exposé in The New Yorker about a famous prosecutor who may have put the wrong man on death row Skip Hollandsworth's amazing but true tale of an old cowboy bank robber who turned out to be a "classic good-hearted Texas woman" Jimmy Breslin's stellar piece about the end of the Mob as we know it

Florida Crime Writers

My writing during these formative years consisted of some poetry, short stories,
and a Shakespearean play which I ... In that regard you are pretty much odd-
woman-out in Florida crime fiction, as most Florida women crime writers would be
 ...

Author: Steve Glassman

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786480685

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 250

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This book examines 24 crime novelists who set their work in the Sunshine State. From James W. Hall’s Under Cover of Daylight in the Florida Keys, to Barbara Parker’s Suspicion of Betrayal in Miami to Tim Dorsey’s Florida Roadkill at Cape Canaveral and Tampa, these writers and their works span all of Florida’s 67 counties. A biographical sketch of each author precedes an interview by a critic who has immersed him- or herself in the novelist’s works, producing interview-essays of noteworthy perception and insight.

The Knife Beneath the Skin

This review of crime fiction traces its development in England from the Victorian days of Newgate Calendar and Strand Magazine through to Conan Doyle and Agatha Cristie, as well as the American interpretations of Raymond Chandler and ...

Author: Stephen Knight

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:826413362

Category: Crime in literature

Page:

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This review of crime fiction traces its development in England from the Victorian days of Newgate Calendar and Strand Magazine through to Conan Doyle and Agatha Cristie, as well as the American interpretations of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Modern crime fiction, such as The silence of the lambs, with its graphic representation of violence and origins in true crime is also discussed. (SLNSW Infocus item no. 1704).

Philosophies of Crime Fiction

Philosophies of Crime Fiction provides a considered analysis of the philosophical ideas to be found in crime literature - both hidden and explicit.

Author: Josef Hoffmann

Publisher: Oldcastle Books

ISBN: 9781843441403

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

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Philosophies of Crime Fiction provides a considered analysis of the philosophical ideas to be found in crime literature - both hidden and explicit. Josef Hoffmann ranges expertly across influences and inspirations in crime writing with a stellar cast including Conan Doyle, G K Chesterton, Dashiell Hammett, Albert Camus, Borges, Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler and Ted Lewis. Hoffmann examines why crime literature may provide stronger consolation for readers than philosophy. In so doing, he demonstrates the truth of Wittgenstein's claim that more wisdom is contained in the best crime fiction than in philosophical essays. Josef Hoffmann's combination of knowledge, academic acuity and enthusiasm makes this a must-have book for any crime fiction aficionado - with or without a philosophical nature.

British Crime Writing I Z

There are longer discursive essays on key themes including 'Social comment in crime fiction' and 'Crime fiction and sexuality'."--Publisher's description.

Author: Barry Forshaw

Publisher:

ISBN: 1846450314

Category: Authors, English

Page: 867

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This is a substantial, wide-ranging A-Z reference of British crime writing - including crime fiction, true and historical crime. From Sherlock Holmes to Inspector Morse, via Father Brown, Miss Marple and the Sweeney, British crime writing has thrilled the world. Here, for the first time, is a comprehensive, in-depth A-Z encyclopedia to cover the astonishing riches of the whole tradition. Classic authors of the Golden Age of British Crime, such as Margery Allingham and Agatha Christie, rub shoulders with hot new writers like Martina Cole and Christopher Brookmyre, and established stars mingle with the most promising tyros. The great detectives who solve the elegant riddles of country house murders feature alongside the rawest recruits on the mean streets of Edinburgh, gangland London - and Aberystwyth.In addition, there are articles on all sub-genres of British crime writing - thrillers, espionage, historical crime, clerical crime, crime in academe, noir (and tart noir), literary crime and true crime. Key British film and TV film scripts are also included, and entries on specific subjects are complemented by essays on key themes such as 'Crime Fiction and Sexuality' and 'Social Comment in Crime Fiction'. As an extra treat, many of the articles are written by the crime writers themselves, such as Val McDermid, Lauren Henderson and Laura Wilson. This title exerts strong popular appeal to a general readership; it uniquely combines both historical and fictional crime; and is the most substantial reference resource on the subject

Women Crime Writers Four Suspense Novels of the 1940s

Edited by The Real Lolita author Sarah Weinman, this collection gathers four classic crime novels from the 1940s: Vera Caspary’s famous career girl mystery, Laura; Helen Eustis’s intricate academic thriller, The Horizontal Man; Dorothy ...

Author: Sarah Weinman

Publisher: Library of America

ISBN: 9781598534566

Category: Fiction

Page: 848

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The Library of America and editor Sarah Weinman redefine the classic era of American crime fiction with a landmark collection of four brilliant novels by the female pioneers of the genre, the women who paved the way for Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Lisa Scottoline. Though women crime and suspense writers dominate today’s bestseller lists, the extraordinary work of the mid-century pioneers of the genre is largely unknown. Turning in many cases from the mean streets of the hardboiled school to explore the anxieties and terrors lurking in everyday life, these groundbreaking novelists found the roots of fear and violence in a quiet suburban neighborhood, on a college campus, or in a comfortable midtown hotel. Their work, influential in its day and still vibrant and extraordinarily riveting today, is long overdue for rediscovery. This volume, the first of a two-volume collector’s set, gathers four classic works that together reveal the vital and unacknowledged lineage to today’s leading crime writers. From the 1940s here are Vera Caspary’s famous career girl mystery Laura, Helen Eustis’s intricate academic thriller The Horizontal Man, Dorothy B. Hughes’s In a Lonely Place, the terrifyingly intimate portrait of a serial killer, and Elizabeth Sanxay Holding’s The Blank Wall, in which a wife in wartime is forced to take extreme measures when her family is threatened. From the Hardcover edition.

Best American Crime Writing

This is a frightening thing , not least because any one of us could be accused of a
crime . We punish one another . To live together , we must . But it is a messy
business when you get up close . The jury room is as close as you can get .

Author: Otto Penzler

Publisher: Vintage Books

ISBN: 0375712992

Category: Social Science

Page: 408

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The first volume in a new series of anthologies featuring the best crime journalism of the past year includes Mark Singer's study of cockfighting "The Chicken Warriors," David McClintick's Vanity Fair article on a vicious serial killer "Fatal Bondage," and E. Jean Carrol's "The Cheerleaders," about the effects of crime on an idyllic town. Simultaneous. 35,000 first printing.