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Noir Fiction and Film: Diversions and Misdirections by Lee Clark Mitchell (2022)

With some interesting observations and a huge collection of data about genres in the book under discussion here, there are some good and fresh points concerning style, method and procedure, even when hard-boiled fiction and films noir are reduced to their most basic configurations. Naturally, there are variations of the stereotypes, and with regard to […]

The Detective and the Artist: Painters, Poets and Writers in Crime Fiction, 1840s – 1970s by J.K. Va

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 […]

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)

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 […]