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Author Messent, Peter, 1946-

Title The crime fiction handbook / Peter Messent
Published Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Malden, MA : John Wiley & Sons, 2012
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Description 1 online resource
Series Blackwell literature handbooks
Blackwell literature handbooks.
Contents Introduction -- The politics, main forms, and key concerns of crime fiction. The politics of crime fiction; The types of crime fiction; Classical detective fiction; Hard-boiled detective fiction; The police novel; Transgressor fictions; Vision, supervision, and the city; Crime and the body; Gender matters; Representations of race -- Discussions of individual texts. Edgar Allan Poe: "The murders in the Rue Morgue"; Arthur Conan Doyle : The sign of four; Agatha Christie : The murder of Roger Aykroyd; Dashiell Hammett : The Maltese falcon; Raymond Chandler : The big sleep; James M. Cain : Double indemnity; Patricia Highsmith : The talented Mr. Ripley; Chester Himes : Cotton comes to Harlem; Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö : The laughing policeman; James Ellroy : The black dahlia; Thomas Harris : The silence of the lambs; Patricia Cornwell : Unnatural exposure; Ian Rankin : The naming of the dead; Stieg Larsson : The girl with the dragon tattoo
Summary The Crime Fiction Handbook presents a comprehensive introduction to the origins, development, and cultural significance of the crime fiction genre, focusing mainly on American British, and Scandinavian texts. Provides an accessible and well-written introduction to the genre of crime fiction Moves with ease between a general overview of the genre and useful theoretical approaches Includes a close analysis of the key texts in the crime fiction tradition Identifies what makes crime fiction of such cultural importance and illuminates the social and polit
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record and CIP data provided by publisher
Subject Detective and mystery stories -- History and criticism.
Detective and mystery stories, American -- History and criticism.
Detective and mystery stories, English -- History and criticism.
Detective and mystery stories, Swedish -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012011190
ISBN 1118326539 (Adobe PDF)
1118326547 (ePub)
9781118326534 (Adobe PDF)
1118326601 ( MobiPocket)
9781118326541 (ePub)
9781118326602 ( MobiPocket)