Bloody Murder: From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel

Bloody Murder: From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel

by Julian Symons


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140072631
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/1986
Series: Penguin Nonfiction Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Editionix
Prologue: The Guilty Partyxi
1.What They Are and Why We Read Them1
2.The Two Strands: Godwin, Vidocq, Poe19
3.Dickens, Collins, Gaboriau: The Pattern Forms38
5.The Case of Sherlock Holmes66
6.The Short Story: The First Golden Age79
7.The Rise of the Novel95
8.The Golden Age: The Twenties104
9.The Golden Age: The Thirties123
10.The American Revolution143
11.Simenon and Maigret155
12."Mr. Queen, will you be good enough to explain your famous character's sex life, if any?"161
13.The Short Story's Mutations179
14.Crime Novel and Police Novel191
15.Big Producers and Big Sellers, Curiosities and Singletons238
16.A Short History of the Spy Story258
17.The Crystal Ball Revisited282
A Postscript for the Nineties291

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