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The crime fiction handbook

Author: Peter Messent
Publisher: Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
Series: Blackwell literature handbooks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Handboeken (vorm)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Messent
ISBN: 9780470657034 0470657030 9780470657041 0470657049
OCLC Number: 780288824
Description: x, 262 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 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.
Series Title: Blackwell literature handbooks.
Responsibility: Peter Messent.
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