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Hard Boiled Sentimentality

Author: Leonard Cassuto
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231126905
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Leonard Cassuto's cultural history of the hard-boiled crime genre recovers the fascinating link between tough guys and sensitive women

A History Of American Crime Fiction

Author: Chris Raczkowski
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108548431
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A History of American Crime Fiction places crime fiction within a context of aesthetic practices and experiments, intellectual concerns, and historical debates generally reserved for canonical literary history. Toward that end, the book is divided into sections that reflect the periods that commonly organize American literary history, with chapters highlighting crime fiction's reciprocal relationships with early American literature, romanticism, realism, modernism and postmodernism. It surveys everything from 17th-century execution sermons, the detective fiction of Harriet Spofford and T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, to the films of David Lynch, HBO's The Sopranos, and the podcast Serial, while engaging a wide variety of critical methods. As a result, this book expands crime fiction's significance beyond the boundaries of popular genres and explores the symbiosis between crime fiction and canonical literature that sustains and energizes both.

Tartan Noir

Author: Len Wanner
Publisher: Cargo Publishing
ISBN: 1910449091
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A comprehensive and fascinating guide to the worldwide crime fiction phenomenon known as Tartan Noir covering all its major authors. What is Tartan Noir? Which authors belong to this global crime fiction phenomenon? Which books should you read first, next, again, or not at all? And what are the many historical, political, and cultural influences that have woven themselves into the Tartan Noir success story? Here, Len Wanner investigates the literature's four main sub-genres - the detective, the police, the serial killer, and the noir novel. Covering four decades' worth of literary history, Wanner offers not only four in-depth cross-examinations but also close readings of another 40 novels - everything from commercial hits and critical triumphs to curiosity pieces and cult classi. Books critiqued include international bestsellers by the likes of Ian Rankin, William McIlvanney, Val McDermid, and Denise Mina, alongside lesser known gems by counter-cultural icons such as Hugh C. Rae, Ray Banks, Allan Guthrie, Helen FitzGerald, and many more.

The Cambridge Companion To American Crime Fiction

Author: Catherine Ross Nickerson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521136067
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Examines the range of American crime fiction from execution sermons of the Colonial era to television programmes like The Sopranos.

Mysteries Unlocked

Author: Curtis Evans
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476616086
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In honor of the 70th birthday of Professor Douglas G. Greene, mystery genre scholar and publisher, this book offers 24 new essays and two reprinted classics on detective fiction by contributors around the world, including ten Edgar (Mystery Writers of America) winners and nominees. The essays cover a myriad of authors and books from more than a century, from J.S. Fletcher’s The Investigators, originally serialized in 1901, to P.D. James’ Death Comes to Pemberley, published at the end of 2011. Subjects covered include detective fiction in the Edwardian era and the “Golden Age” between the two world wars; hard-boiled detective fiction; mysteries and intellectuals; and pastiches, short stories and radio plays.

African American Review

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As the official publication of the Division on Black American Literature and Culture of the Modern Language Association of America, African American review promotes an exchange among writers and scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences who hold diverse perspectives of African American literature and culture.

Dead Women Talking

Author: Brian Norman
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421407523
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Brian Norman uncovers a curious phenomenon in American literature: dead women who nonetheless talk. These characters appear in works by such classic American writers as Poe, Dickinson, and Faulkner as well as in more recent works by Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Tony Kushner, and others. These figures are also emerging in contemporary culture, from the film and best-selling novel The Lovely Bones to the hit television drama Desperate Housewives. Dead Women Talking demonstrates that the dead, especially women, have been speaking out in American literature since well before it was fashionable. Norman argues that they voice concerns that a community may wish to consign to the past, raising questions about gender, violence, sexuality, class, racial injustice, and national identity. When these women insert themselves into the story, they do not enter precisely as ghosts but rather as something potentially more disrupting: posthumous citizens. The community must ask itself whether it can or should recognize such a character as one of its own. The prospect of posthumous citizenship bears important implications for debates over the legal rights of the dead, social histories of burial customs and famous cadavers, and the political theory of citizenship and social death. -- Leonard Cassuto, author of Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories

The Web Of Iniquity

Author: Catherine Ross Nickerson
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822322719
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Surveys detective fiction from the Civil War to World War II, describes how women writers created a form of domestic mystery that offered a critical view of the condition of women, and discusses works based on the Lizzie Borden case.

Nach Der Sperrstunde

Author: Lawrence Block
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781543206036
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Nach der Sperrstunde ist der sechste Roman mit Lawrence Blocks fesselndster Figur Matthew Scudder. Von heftigen Schuldgef�hlen geplagt, hat er Frau und Kinder verlassen und den Dienst beim NYPD quittiert. Seitdem haust er in einem Hotel in New Yorks Hell�s Kitchen und ern�hrt sich in seiner Stammkneipe, Jimmy Armstrong�s Saloon, vorwiegend von Kaffee und Bourbon. Das wenige Geld, das er zum Leben braucht, verdient er sich als Privatdetektiv, der, wie er es selbst nennt, Freunden hin und wieder einen Gefallen tut".Im Mittelpunkt der drei F�lle dieses Romans, der oft als Lawrence Blocks vielschichtigster angesehen wird, stehen Scudders Freundschaften: Tommy Tillary, eine Kneipenbekanntschaft, wird des Mords an seiner Frau beschuldigt und beauftragt Scudder damit, die Vorw�rfe gegen ihn zu entkr�ften. Tim Pat Morissey, Barbesitzer mit IRA-Verbindungen, heuert ihn an, die zwei M�nner zu finden, die seine Kneipe �berfallen haben. Skip Devoe schlie�lich sucht bei Scudder Hilfe, weil er von jemandem erpresst wird, der die Gesch�ftsb�cher seiner Bar gestohlen hat.Blocks Stil ist im besten Sinn des Worts realistisch", schrieb Marilyn Stasio in der New York Times Book Review. Da gibt es kein falsches Pathos, keine papierenen Dialoge und keine sprachlichen M�tzchen. Mr. Block kennt sein New York und wei�, wie seine Bewohner sprechen. Diesen Roman hat ein Autor geschrieben, der genau wei�, was er tut."Und Martin Cruz Smith, Autor von Gorki-Park, findet: Viel mehr als ein Krimi. Ein Buch �ber M�nner, �ber Alkohol, �ber New York, von einer der eigenst�ndigsten und markantesten Stimmen der amerikanischen Literatur."