The Crime Book

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The Crime Book

The Crime Book

Big Ideas Simply Explained

  • Author: DK
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
  • ISBN: 0241307368
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 352
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From Jack the Ripper to the modern day drug cartels, The Crime Book documents the most notorious crimes and criminals in history. With over 100 crimes to explore, The Crime Book examines the science, psychology and sociology of criminal behaviour. See the gory details of each crime and how it was solved, with renowned quotes and detailed criminal profiles letting you delve into the criminal mind. The Crime Book looks at the big ideas and concepts in criminology spanning from pirates, kidnapping and political plots to modern con artists, serial killers and rogue traders, including the Black Dahlia investigation, the Mississippi Scheme, and the notorious Jeffrey Dahmer. The Crime Book is the perfect introduction to law enforcement and criminology across history's most infamous crimes.

The Crime Novel

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The Crime Novel

The Crime Novel

A Deviant Genre

  • Author: Tony Hilfer
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • ISBN: 1477300066
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 192
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Although rarely distinguished from the detective story, the crime novel offers readers a quite different experience. In the detective novel, a sympathetic detective figure uses reason and intuition to solve the puzzle, restore order, and reassure readers that "right" will always prevail. In the crime novel, by contrast, the "hero" is either the killer, the victim, a guilty bystander, or someone falsely accused, and the crime may never be satisfactorily solved. These and other fundamental differences are set out by Tony Hilfer in The Crime Novel, the first book that completely defines and explores this popular genre. Hilfer offers convincing evidence that the crime novel should be regarded as a genre distinct from the detective novel, whose conventions it subverts to develop conventions of its own. Hilfer provides in-depth analyses of novels by Georges Simenon, Margaret Millar, Patricia Highsmith, and Jim Thompson. He also treats such British novelists as Patrick Hamilton, Shelley Smith, and Marie Belloc Lowndes, as well as the American novelists Cornell Woolrich, John Franklin Bardin, James M. Cain, and Fredric Brown. In addition, he defines the distinctions between the American crime novel and the British, showing how their differences correspond to differences in American and British detective fiction. This well-written study will appeal to a general audience, as well as teachers and students of detective and mystery fiction. For anyone interested in the genre, it offers valuable suggestions of "what to read next."

Murder by the Book?

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Murder by the Book?

Murder by the Book?

Feminism and the Crime Novel

  • Author: Sally Rowena Munt
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134838425
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 272
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Murder by the Book? is a thorough - and thoroughly enjoyable - look at the blossoming genre of the feminist crime novel in Britain and the United States. Sally Munt asks why the form has proved so attractive as a vehicle for oppositional politics; whether the pleasures of detective fiction can be truly transgressive; and when exactly it was that the dyke detective appeared as the new super-hero for today. Along the way Munt poses some critical questions about the relations between fiction and activism, politics and representations, the writer and the reader. This will be an enticing book both for addicts of the genre and for teachers and their students.

The Crime Novel

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The Crime Novel

The Crime Novel

The Poetry of Justice

  • Author: Nadya Aisenberg
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Detective and mystery stories
  • Page: 880
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Bloody Murder

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Bloody Murder

Bloody Murder

From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel

  • Author: Julian Symons
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press
  • ISBN: 9780892964963
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 349
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In celebration of distinguished author/critic Julian Symons' 80th year, here is the third and final revised edition of his classic history of mystery fiction. The views expressed here are as candid as ever. One bestselling writer is called unreadable, another compared to writers of "strip cartoon stories". But the general tone is warmly appreciative of every sort of book within the genre.

The Pleasures of Crime

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The Pleasures of Crime

The Pleasures of Crime

Reading Modern French Crime Fiction

  • Author: David Platten
  • Publisher: Rodopi
  • ISBN: 9401207178
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 269
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For 150 years the French public and literati have enjoyed a love affair with crime fiction. This book investigates the nature of this relationship and how through periods of dramatic social and political change in France it has flourished. It challenges the conventional view of a popular genre feeding a niche market, depicting crime fiction instead as a field of creative endeavour, which has gradually matured into one of considerable literary fertility. By inviting us to share secrets and crack codes, creating suspense and (at times) not shirking from presenting horrific events in graphic language, the crime story brings into play the intellect and emotions of its readership. This book explores both this intrinsic literary value of the crime novel and its extrinsic witness to historical events and cultural trends, arguing that these apparently distinct aspects are in fact dynamic, interrelated parts of the same whole. This blend of cultural history with literary analysis allows for the discussion of themes such as politics, memory, the urban environment and youth cultures, mixed with case studies of major French crime writers, including Gaston Leroux, Georges Simenon, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Daniel Pennac and Fred Vargas.

The Murder Book

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The Murder Book

The Murder Book

  • Author: Lissa Marie Redmond
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
  • ISBN: 0738755664
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 312
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Cold case detective Lauren Riley wakes up in the hospital certain of two things: she was stabbed and left for dead...and the person who did it was a cop. After being brutally stabbed at her desk late one night, Lauren Riley works her way backwards through the haze to piece together who attacked her and why. A mysterious phone message forces her to enlist the help of a retired lieutenant to track down a witness who is desperate not to be found. As she digs into the Buffalo Police Department's hidden past she uncovers a terrible secret, one a fellow officer would kill to protect. Packed with suspense and featuring a detective who "relentlessly—and with morbid humor—gets the job done" (Booklist), The Murder Book continues a series praised by Kirkus Reviews as "an excellent police procedural combined with a psychological thriller." Praise for The Murder Book: An Amazon and Barnes and Noble Bestseller "A simply riveting read from cover to cover."—Midwest Book Review "Fans of contemporary police procedurals will want to see more of the plucky Lauren."—Publishers Weekly "A pulse-racing pace, well-chosen details of Buffalo's mixed industrial landscape and characters to bleed for make this a stunningly good second book. Highly recommended."—Kingdom Books Praise for A Cold Day in Hell, Book 1 of the Cold Case Investigation series: "Recommend this one to anyone who loves courtroom dramas where lawyers tear into witnesses like pit bulls. And to anyone hot for a police procedural where tired cops make mistakes but slowly, relentlessly—and with morbid humor—get the job done. Redmond delivers both in one package...The real attraction here is a keyhole view into a world that turns our expectations upside down—a world where a bullying, quasi-fascist cop can be the only one with a handle on reality. Keep your eyes on Redmond, a retired cop who knows how to write."—Booklist "Redmond, a recently retired Buffalo PD homicide detective, keeps everything moving nicely in this well-constructed crime novel."—Publishers Weekly "An excellent police procedural combined with a psychological thriller."—Kirkus Reviews "A Cold Day in Hell is a fine first novel and Lauren Riley is cool new addition to the world of PI and cop protagonists. A retired detective, Lissa Marie Redmond gives it to the reader without the sugarcoating and lifts the veil off how the system really works...or doesn't."—Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of What You Break "Ex-cop Lissa Redmond has a sure hand with police procedure, which should be no surprise. The joy of A Cold Day in Hell comes from her equally sure hand with storytelling. This is a welcome new voice on the crime scene."—SJ Rozan, bestselling author of Ghost Hero

The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing

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The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing

The Arvon Book of Crime and Thriller Writing

  • Author: Michelle Spring,Laurie R. King
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1408131226
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 304
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A professional handbook from tutors at the prestigious Arvon Foundation writing course with contributions from leading crime writers.

The Crime Fiction Handbook

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The Crime Fiction Handbook

The Crime Fiction Handbook

  • Author: Peter Messent
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1118326547
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 272
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The Crime Fiction Handbook presents a comprehensiveintroduction to the origins, development, and cultural significanceof the crime fiction genre, focusing mainly on American British,and Scandinavian texts. Provides an accessible and well-written introduction to thegenre of crime fiction Moves with ease between a general overview of the genre anduseful theoretical approaches Includes a close analysis of the key texts in the crime fictiontradition Identifies what makes crime fiction of such cultural importanceand illuminates the social and political anxieties at itsheart. Shows the similarities and differences between British,American, and Scandinavian crime fiction traditions

The BFI Companion to Crime

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The BFI Companion to Crime

The BFI Companion to Crime

  • Author: Phil Hardy
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 9780304332151
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 352
  • View: 373
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Robbers, gangsters, murderers, and criminals of every description have long been a staple of popular entertainment. Movies are no exception, and film buffs and scholars alike now have a complete guide to the vast array of films that make up the fascinating world of crime cinema. The BFI Companion to Crime offers detailed information on the sub-genres and motifs of movies dealing with criminals and their behavior: prison dramas, heist stories, kidnappings, the exploits of serial killers, juvenile delinquents, and hired guns. Phil Hardy also includes articles on the historical and social background of crime movies. The Mafia, the Japanese yakuza, the FBI, and the underworld of union rackets, prostitution, and drugs are some of the topics covered. Fictional characters such as Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Maigret, Philip Marlow, and Pretty Boy Floyd appear in these pages, along with the literary sources of many crime films. The works of Graham Greene, Dashiell Hammett, Mickey Spillane, and Eric Ambler are among those featured. Abundantly illustrated with more than 500 photographs, this is the book for film enthusiasts and anyone interested in the crime genre.