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The Detective and the Artist: Painters, Poets and Writers in Crime Fiction, 1840s – 1970s by J.K. Van Dover (2019)

In the majority of crime fiction, there exists a relationship between the main characters. “The Detective and the Artist, then, concentrates upon the role played by poets, novelists, and painters in the detective story. These specialists in the production of works of aesthetic imagination are set in radical contrast to the defining figure of the […]

Urban Noir: New York and Los Angeles in Shadow and Light by James J. Ward and Cynthia J. Miller (eds.) (2017)

Urban Noir: New York and Los Angeles in Shadow and Light by James J. Ward and Cynthia J. Miller (eds.) (2017)

Both Los Angeles and New York City have been of particular interest to movie producers, especially to those who shot drama that was later called film noir. The authors want to dig deeper to unearth the reasons for those locations, since the ”… inescapable question, then, is: Why this animosity toward the two cities that, […]

War Noir: Raymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran … by Sarah Trott (2016)

War Noir: Raymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran … by Sarah Trott (2016)

Highly respected and valued by many fans of crime fiction and most likely America’s most distinguished crime writer ever, Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) together with Dashiell Hammett invented a new type of tough detective, independently of each other, they founded a style that later was described as “hard-boiled.” Many of their novels were turned into successful […]

Connecting Detectives: The Influence of 19th Century Sleuth Fiction… by Lewis D. Moore (2015)

Connecting Detectives: The Influence of 19th Century Sleuth Fiction… by Lewis D. Moore (2015)

Not only in detective fiction the issue of motive and “just how” things were finally done is of interest. The same questions (and more like them) are relevant in the simple analysis of literary traditions the authors of that fiction could benefit from. Lewis Moore tries to find complementaries, similar behavior and continuing traditions in […]

The Hard-Boiled Female Detective Novel: A Study of a Popular … by William R. Klink (2014)

The Hard-Boiled Female Detective Novel: A Study of a Popular … by William R. Klink (2014)

The detective novel/mystery novel is by far not a strictly male genre, meaning that there are not just male authors writing detective fiction about male investigators. Some of the authors of the early British mystery novels were female; there would be no Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple without Agatha Christie; and Dorothy L. Sayers is […]